Minneapolis Awarded Pathways to Justice Careers Grant by Department of Labor
$500,000 grant will fund Minneapolis Pathways to Justice and Emergency Services Careers (MPJESC) Initiative for At-Risk Youth
July 1, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) — The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the Cityof Minneapolis has been awarded a Pathways to Justice Careers grant in the amount of $500,000.
“This grant will help us secure strong futures for our opportunity youth,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “We can’t afford to leave any genius on the table. This grant will help our most challenged Minneapolis youth complete high school or gain an equivalent degree and start down a path to a career in justice and emergency services.”
The program will include youth ages 16 to 21 that are at risk of dropping out of high school, becoming involved in the criminal justice system, or are already hindered by juvenile records. Trained justice and emergency services personnel will mentor students to explore career paths as police officers, firefighters, lawyers, paramedics and other related professions.
The grant will focus on the Phillips, Cedar Riverside, and North Minneapolis neighborhoods. In its application, the City highlighted the North Minneapolis federal Promise Zone designation, which provides priority access to federal investments that would further plans to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and leverage additional private investment.
Published Jul 1, 2016