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Hyde-Smith announces $2.7 million for Youthbuild programs in Delta

By: Sarah Ulmer - January 31, 2019

Education-Apprenticeship Grants Going to Programs in Greenville, Clarksdale & Yazoo City

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today announced the award of almost $2.7 million to support three YouthBuild education and training programs in the Mississippi Delta.

Hyde-Smith, who has advocated for YouthBuild funding as part of her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said three U.S. Department of Labor grants are going to programs in Greenville, Clarksdale, and Yazoo City.

“The YouthBuild program has a positive impact on Mississippi by offering youth opportunities to advance their education and gain valuable workplace skills,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I’m pleased the Labor Department has approved these resources to continue offering opportunities to more youth in the Mississippi Delta.”

Overall, $2,699,228 in grants have been awarded to:  Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc., Greenville ($1,098,000); Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. Clarksdale (($901,228); and Gateway Community Development Corp., Yazoo City ($700,000).

YouthBuild is a community-based, pre-apprenticeship program that helps at-risk youth, ages 16-24, complete high school or state equivalency degree programs and earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations in construction and other industries.  Programs also involve home building skills focused on providing housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families.

Hyde-Smith serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over YouthBuild and other federal job-training programs.  As part of the appropriations process last year, Hyde-Smith supported funding for the program and sought information on ensuring its benefits for rural communities.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Press Release


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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah:
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