Rochester receiving $2.25M as part of job program for at-risk youth

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester is receiving $2.25 million to fund workforce training and job placement programs.

It’s part of an effort in 20 cities across New York as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence disaster emergency.

Under the new initiative, the New York State Department of Labor will partner with local workforce development boards to help connect at-risk youth with good-paying, permanent jobs.

Those 18 to 24-years-old who are unemployed or underemployed in areas of cities impacted by gun violence will be eligible.

Rochester received the second-highest sum outside of the New York City area. Buffalo received more at $2.65 million.

The program includes $16 million for cities outside of New York City area and $12 million for the New York City area.

Non-profit agencies can now refer people who could benefit from the program. Click here to fill out the referral form.