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Workforce board makes grants available to assist out-of-school youths

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The State Workforce Development Board is giving out-of-school students a chance to finish their education and preparing them with skills to join the workforce.

Grants totaling $400,000 will be given to organizations to replicate the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) in-school model. The model was piloted in South Carolina in 2005.

“We are excited to be able to provide these grants to help out-of-school youths across our state become more employable by removing barriers that are keeping them back and by improving their level of education,” said Jay Holloway, chairman of the SWDB’s Priority Population committee, in a news release.

Organizations can apply for up to $200,000 to be spent over a 24-month period. To be eligible for the grants, the programs must target individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are no longer enrolled in school and have barriers to employment. The applicants must also partner with relevant workforce, education and community partners and JAG-SC.

During the program, participants will:

  • Attain basic employability skills through classroom instruction.
  • Participate in JAG to develop, practice and refine personal and leadership skills.
  • Complete requirements for a high school diploma or GED.
  • Participate in work-based learning experiences.
  • Receive 12 months of follow-up services by a JAG specialist.
  • Have barriers to success reduced or eliminated with supportive services.

JAG-SC is entering its 13th year of service and has assisted more than 11,000 students through 25 JAG-affiliated sites.

An online informational session for interested applicants will be held on Dec. 8. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 10.

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