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News Release

January 13, 2004

CONTACT: Jerry Conley
Youth Opportunity Center

Moreno Valley wins grant for "Youthbuild" program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $400,000 grant to the City of Moreno Valley's Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) to implement a Youthbuild program. The program provides academic and construction education, support services and job skills to disadvantaged youth.

The YOC applied for the funding last spring, seeking ways to fund training for youth ages 16-24 in the construction trades.

"With the amount of construction occurring in the Inland Empire region, there is a high demand for skilled craftsmen, journeymen and entry level construction workers," said Jerry Conley, Youth Opportunity Center Program Manager. "This 18-month grant will help us expand our services, be less dependent upon one source of funds, and serve more than only those eligible for the Workforce Investment Act programs we operate," he said.

According to a list published by HUD, Moreno Valley is the only successful Youthbuild applicant in the Inland Empire.

Moreno Valley's Youth Opportunity Center works with various agencies to assist youth in obtaining necessary job skills in order to become productive members of society.

For more information about the Youth Opportunity Center and Youthbuild, contact Jerry Conley at 413.3250.