SER-Jobs For Progress Awarded $1.1 Million Youth Build Grant

Jeff Crain

SER-Jobs for Progress is excited to announce its new YouthBuild grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Through YouthBuild, SER will provide academic and occupational skill training to at-risk youth and young adults ages 18-24. SER is proud to be one of 68 new programs across the U.S., and the only Houston organization to be awarded under this round of funding in a highly-competitive process.The YouthBuild program is a perfect complement to SER’s existing services, further establishing SER as a leader in youth & young adult workforce development services in the Gulf Coast region. With high dropout rates and youth unemployment rates in Houston hovering around 25% (compared to 6% for the city overall), SER is taking action to improve the prospects for the workforce of tomorrow and Houston’s economy.

SER’s YouthBuild project will provide youth ages 18-24 with GED classes, assistance obtaining high school diplomas, occupational training in green construction, leadership development opportunities, and paid hands-on experience over a 40-month period.

The program will officially kick off in late fall; however, SER is now accepting applications for program volunteers, mentors, and donations for additional program support. Please contact jeff.crain@serhouston.org if you are interested in helping to improve the lives of Houston’s youth & young adults with SER.

Mr. Crain has been involved in providing employment and training services to adults and youth in the public and nonprofit sectors for more than 25 years. He has been recognized on multiple occasions for his performance in these areas at the national, state and local levels.

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