Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236
ST. PAUL – Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP), an alternative high school in St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood, has been awarded a $768,000 YouthBuild grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The YouthBuild grant is among a total of $73.6 million awarded to 71 YouthBuild programs in 31 states.
The Office of Youth Development, located in the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), provided technical assistance and coordination for the GAP grant proposal as well as state match funding.
“We are delighted to receive federal funding to expand our YouthBuild programming to St. Paul’s most disadvantaged youth,” said GAP Executive Director Allen Selinski.
“This highly competitive YouthBuild grant presents a fantastic opportunity for 48 at-risk youth in St. Paul to gain training in construction and be introduced to new employment opportunities,” said Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Thanks to YouthBuild and the Guadalupe Alternative Programs, this young talent will gain valuable working experience to prepare them for Minnesota’s growing construction industry.”
GAP YouthBuild programs offer construction training while students build a single-family home and participate in peer counseling, job placement and other vocational preparation. In the last 20 years, GAP YouthBuild has assisted more than 500 at-risk youth.
Other GAP YouthBuild graduates obtained credentials to pursue careers as IC3 and C-Tech Computer Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, and Certified Nursing Assistants. In 2013, 37 GAP YouthBuild participants earned their diploma or GED, and 35 were placed or enrolled in post-secondary, apprenticeship or employment, earning an average wage of $11 per hour. Graduates pursuing construction careers received their OSHA 10 and National Center for Construction Research (NCCER) certification.
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