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Grants awarded to help Utica's young adults find jobs

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials received some financial assistance in their efforts to help at-risk youth find jobs in the City of Utica.

The Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties received a grant for $100,000 and Utica is one of 12 locations statewide to receive money that will go to help at-risk youth find jobs in the area.

The goal is to place up to 800 young people in jobs.

"Our problem is that young people feel helpless," said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. "And this is not only going to give them someone to look at, that's going to bring them to the next level."

To be eligible, the youths must live in the City of Utica. While they can commute outside of Utica for the job, it must be within a reasonable distance from the city.

Eligibility Requirements:

16 to 24 years old; unemployed; and any one of the following:

*member of a family receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

*member of a family that is receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

*member of a family that is receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps)

*member of a family that is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits

*receives free or reduced cost school lunch

*referred by a rehabilitation agency approved by the State, or an employment network under the Ticket to Work Program

*served time in jail or prison or is on probation or parole

*pregnant or a parent

*homeless

*currently in or will soon be leaving foster care

*18 years old, no longer in school and don't have a High School Diploma or GED

*veteran

*daughter or son of a parent who is currently in jail or prison or has been within the past two years
*daughter or son of a parent who is collecting unemployment insurance

Note - youth who are at least 16 years old but not 18 years old must be in school, attending a secondary school or attending GED classes, and must also have the permission of their parent or guardian to participate.

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