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Congresswoman Lori Trahan Announces $1.4 Million Federal Grant for Lowell Community Teamwork Inc.’s YouthBuild program

Washington, December 19, 2019

LOWELL, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) announced a $1,440,000 federal grant for Lowell Community Teamwork Inc.’s YouthBuild program. 

The grant will support programs that help young people learn occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology, and hospitality. YouthBuild participants assist with building or rehabilitating affordable housing in their communities while receiving educational support and training as they complete their high school degrees or equivalent.

"Since 1999, Community Teamwork has been helping at-risk youth train for careers that will provide them with a lifetime of success. Through their volunteer work in the community, these students receive quality apprenticeships and learn entrepreneurship skills that will empower them to support themselves and their families," said Congresswoman Trahan. "This funding represents a solid investment in our youth and their families, our workforce, and our regional economy. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to fight for important investments like this." 

 

"We are thrilled to have again received the Department of Labor's YouthBuild Grant and are thankful to Congresswoman Trahan's continued support of this important program," Community Teamwork's CEO Karen Frederick said."This funding will allow us to continue YouthBuild’s mission, which provides vital tools and skills to help our young people become successful in our community, by helping them reach their education and career goals.  We have seen firsthand how YouthBuild helps to transform and advance young people’s lives and are grateful to be able to continue this work."

Community Teamwork Inc. currently provides training in construction and culinary arts to 34 young people but will be able to expand thanks to this funding. The program has a waitlist of about 40 youth. 

More information about the federal YouthBuild program is available at DOL's website here.

 

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