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NY awards $2.5M for youth jobs programs in Syracuse, Albany

Young job seekers wait to meet with recruiters during a job fair. Young job seekers wait to meet with recruiters during a job fair. | Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan.

February 08, 2019 10:21 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is awarding $2.5 million to programs in Syracuse and Albany that aim to help at-risk youth get a job instead of joining a criminal gang.

The state's Department of Labor announced the funding on Thursday.

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It will go to non-profit organizations that work with youth ages 16 to 24 and support workforce training and other initiatives aimed at helping at-risk youth learn the skills needed to graduate and get a job.

State officials say youth employment continues to lag overall job participation rates, and that a lack of opportunities is a leading factor in gang recruitment.

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