Thompson Announces $407,137 in YouthBuild Labor Department Funds To Lycoming-Clinton Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc

Jul 13, 2010

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced the U. S. Department of Labor has awarded $407,137 in YouthBuild funds to the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc.

“Across the country the Labor Department has issued almost $67 million in these grants, which assist out-of-school youth to get their diplomas or GEDs (General Education Diploma) while providing job training in the construction industry,” said Thompson. “This program can help youth get into a job that can support them for a lifetime.”

Janet Alling the President and CEO of STEP, explained, “This is an opportunity for youth to get some education and develop the skills for a good career in the construction field.”

Dan Merk, who directs the YouthBuild program at STEP, said, “This is the second year of funding for this program and we will serve some 36 students between the ages of 17 and 24.  We have had some job placements already out of the program.  It is a good program because it emphasizes both education and job training.”

YouthBuild programs often include individuals who have been in the juvenile justice system, high school dropouts and those coming out of foster care.  The program teaches job skills including “green” building techniques, as well as academics, leadership skills and it offers them an opportunity to participate in community service.