New Jersey will invest $6.25 million in state and federal funding in crime prevention programs that will support education and job training in Newark, Camden, Trenton and Paterson, reports newjerseynewsroom.com. The funding, awarded through the prevention component of the state’s Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods, was announced by State Attorney General Anne Milgram at a construction work-site for the YouthBuild Newark program.
YouthBuild is a program that is part school and part job, designed to help youth at-risk of dropping out of high school or those who have already dropped out. The YouthBuild program in Newark is one of four YouthBuild organizations that will receive a total of $2,580,000 in state funding over the next three years. Another $3 million in federal economic recovery aid has been set aside for competitive bidding for three additional non-profit job training programs that will spur the creation of job opportunities for at-risk youth. Those programs will also be supported for three years.