- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids effort to boost employment opportunities for young people is getting recognition.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and the city are being honored Sunday in San Francisco for the “Mayor’s 100 Campaign” at the U.S. Conference of Mayors/USA Funds 2015 National Education Pathways with a Purpose Awards. Part of the recognition is a $10,000 grant.

Officials have worked to boost the number of local employers - particularly those in technology, engineering, science and environmental fields - who are willing to offer young people meaningful jobs. It targets those ages 15 to 24 that live in the city.

The Leadership and Employment, Achievement and Direction program, or LEAD, offers training in employability skills before job interviews under the “Mayor’s 100” program.

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