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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      
October 18, 2007

 

CITY RECEIVES $1.1-MILLION LABOR GRANT

 

Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Department of Community Services a two-year, $1.1 million grant to continue its YouthBuild program.

 

YouthBuild participants are at-risk young people between 16 and 24 years old.  They receive education and job training while constructing or repairing housing for low-income families in their own neighborhoods.

 

Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “The YouthBuild program is an excellent example of the benefits of public-private partnerships, in this case to give our young people a guiding hand and an alternative that will not only enable them to graduate from high school but pick up a trade and on-the-job experience.  I’ve seen examples of the work of these young people, such as in completing much-needed repairs to park facilities, and can attest to the skill and enthusiasm they bring to the program.  This money will enable us to build on the success we’ve enjoyed so far.”

 

Hannemann also thanked U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao for her support for Honolulu’s grant.  He said, “Given the intense competition for federal dollars, I’m very grateful to Secretary Chao for her confidence in the City and our efforts.”

 

Hannemann serves on Secretary Chao’s Department of Labor Advisory Council on Apprenticeship, which advises the secretary on work force training needs.  He has been a member since 2005 and is the only mayor on the panel.

 

YouthBuild works in partnership with public and private entities such as the Farrington Community School, Hawaii Laborers’ Union, Hawaii Public Housing Authority, Oahu Work Links, the Self Help Housing Corporation of Hawaii, and Windward Community College.  The students split their time between the construction site and the classroom.  Windward Community College will offer students “integrated academics” to complement construction training by teaching students to apply math and language to real-world construction tasks.

 

YouthBuild’s goal is to have the youth earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders, prepare for college or other postsecondary training opportunities, and prepare for employment.

 

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Contact:

Ernest Martin, 592-2289

Lei Nakamura, 832-7960 Ext. 32

 

Friday, October 19, 2007

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