- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Gulfport community development corporation will receive more than $1 million from the federal government for a program that works with low-income, at-risk young people.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s office said the Labor Department will grant Climb Community Development Corp. just over $1 million to operate the Gulfport YouthBuild program, which provides educational and occupational instruction to low-income, at-risk youths. The YouthBuild grant requires a 25 percent non-federal, matching contributions.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2dz2BjM) YouthBuild offers education assistance to eligible youth so they can earn their GED while also gaining construction and other skills that can lead to employment opportunities. Participants can also earn an AmeriCorps education award for post-secondary schooling.

The Gulfport award is one of 77 programs in 35 states to receive funding this year.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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