Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Department of Workforce Development and Education has received a $1.1 Million grant.
The grant was awarded by Southwest Key Programs to fund "Project Jump Start," an initiative designed to assist juvenile offenders between the ages of 14 and 21 with developing work readiness skills and gain employment.
The "Serving Juvenile Offenders in High Poverty, High Crime Communities" grant will be distributed through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration over a two-year period.
Project Jump start will help youth residing in areas with high crime and poverty to remain in school and work to reduce the number of individuals who re-enter prison through tutoring, community service opportunities, and continued education programming focused on building employment skills.
"These young people will now have the opportunity to rebuild their lives and gain valuable skills toward independence," said Catholic Charities CEO Dennis Walczyk. "Through the generosity of Southwest Keys Programs, we will be able to help youth reach their potential through education and direct them on a positive path away from decisions that may have prevented their success in the past."