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Niagara County awarded funding for youth employment

The grant comes from Gov. Cuomo's Gun Violence Prevention Initiative.

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. — Niagara Falls is one of 20 cities receiving funding through Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Gun Violence prevention Initiative to provide jobs to young adults.

Niagara County Workforce Development (NCWDB) made an announcement on Tuesday that it was awarded a $250,000 grant to provide permanent jobs to Niagara Falls young adults ages 18-24. 

“The goal of the program is to prevent gun violence by helping the young population find meaningful jobs and careers,” said Bonnie Rice, the NCWDB’s Executive Director. 

NCWDB and Niagara County Employment & Training Department will use the funding to provide a 90% wage reimbursement to local employers who hire and train the adults selected for the initiative.

Workers will receive work readiness training, career coaching and short-term training. Assistance with transportation costs and work outfits among other assistance may be available. 

Adults living in the City of Niagara Falls and are between ages 18 and 24 should call 716-278-8108. Employers interested in participating in the program should visit NCWDB's website