- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Roanoke charity has received two federal grants totaling $2.4 million to help young people and adults with criminal records avoid becoming repeat offenders.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1TRqb7T ) reports that the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Thursday that it had given two grants to Total Action for Progress.

Charity officials say the money will be used to fund job-skills training, mentoring and education toward degrees for about 290 participants in the Roanoke area across two and a half years.

The charity received $1.35 million through the Training to Work program, which will be geared toward job training and placement.

The organization also received $1.05 million through Face Forward, a youth-based initiative focused on those with a juvenile criminal history.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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