Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill, which includes $375,000 for the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Bronx. Funding will be used to create dozens of jobs, help prepare hundreds of high-risk teens for college and help them enter the workforce through job training. Senator Gillibrand worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year’s spending bill.
“It is critical that we provide young people with training and positive role models, so that they are able to reach their full potential,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This federal investment will help create jobs to help guide young people in the Bronx who are at-risk towards a college education and a good-paying job.”
Federal funding for the Co-Op City Youth Center program at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center will help provide comprehensive youth development and delinquency prevention services for 500 high-risk teens attending school as well as 80 to 100 disengaged older youths. This program will prepare students for college by teaching English, math, GED and SAT prep classes and will train Bronx youth entering the work force through job placement and job readiness training.
Yesterday, the Appropriations Bill for the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee passed the full committee. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.