3 Illinois at-risk youth organizations to split $3.3 million grant

SPRINGFIELD - A U.S. Senator has announced that a $3.3 million Department of Labor grant will benefit three Illinois organizations that support at-risk youth.

According to Senator Dick Durbin, the $3.3 million will be split equally between the United Methodist Children's Home in Mount Vernon, the Emerson Park Development Corporation in East St. Louis, and YouthBuild McLean County in Normal.

The Department of Labor's YouthBuild program provides several groups with money that would help Illinois' at-risk youth strengthen their academic and occupational skills through training programs.

The federal YouthBuild program helps young people receive their diplomas or GEDs, and prepares them for employment and post-secondary education.   The program also awards community-based grants to ensure resources are available to youth that need them most, including those who dropped out of high school or are aging out of foster care.

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