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YouthBuild grant awarded to Cairo's Delta Center

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

Delta Center, Inc., in Cairo, Illinois has been awarded a $727,557 YouthBuild grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to a news release, YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to at-risk individuals ages 16-24.

Officials say many participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational milestones and opportunities that lead to career fulfillment. 

The YouthBuild grants are the first awarded under new program regulations published in February 2012, which expand occupational skills training beyond construction to include fast-growing industries such as health care and information technology.

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