New Castle County in Delaware is one of three communities nationwide to receive a $250,000 grant from the Youth Workforce Fund.
This aligns with Citi Foundation’s three-year $100 million initiative called Pathways to Progress, which reduces youth unemployment through training and access to jobs.
The Youth Workforce Funds grant will provide paid work experience for more than 150 youth in New Castle County and the City of Wilmington. Their three main goals are:
- Paid career path exploration and job placement opportunities
- Increased number and types of paid job placements
- Industry-specific job training for practical job skills
“We must reduce the high rate of youth unemployment and better prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow,” New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Thank you to the Citi Foundation, West End Neighborhood House and local employers for supporting our county’s youth on the path to career success.”
New Castle County will also use this grant to support their 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program, which will further provide job opportunities for the area’s youth.
In 2012, the Walmart Foundation awarded Philadelphia Youth Network a grant for its Summer Youth Employment Initiative. This initiative is similar to the New Castle County grant with intentions to fund summer work opportunities for low income, disengaged youth.