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OIC of South Florida receives grant from the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

OIC-CHILDRENOIC of South Florida receives grant from the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OICSFL) receives major grant from the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration for the YouthBuild Program

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Newton B. Sanon, president and CEO of Opportunities Inustrialization Center of South Florida (OICSFL), a leading provider of community-based job skills training, workforce development and placement services announced that OICSFL was just informed of the award of the $1.1 million dollar grant for the YouthBuild initiative. Sanon stated, “This program will provide for vocational skills training in the construction arena, academic enrichment and, interpersonal skills development of youth in the Broward County area. We look forward to what we know will provide these young individuals with an opportunity to not only learn a valuable trade but provide them with a pathway to prosperity they will have for the rest of their lives.”

YouthBuild is a youth and community development pro-gram that simultaneously ad-dresses several core issues facing low-income communities: affordable housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.

The YouthBuild model balances in-school and out of school learning that leads to the achievement of a high school diploma or passing the General Education Development (GED) test and occupational skills / construction training resulting in an industry-recognized credential that prepares youth for career placement.

The target populations for Youth Build are high school dropouts who may also be adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, and other at-risk youth populations. Program participants will also “earn while they learn”, receiving a stipend while participating in the vocational training.

General eligibility guidelines include individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 on the date of enrollment and who have qualifying circumstances including being a displaced youth, dropped out of high school or a child of an incarcerated parent among some of the pre-requisites.

Project and Program partners’ model includes many strategic partners and collaborators including:

·       Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

·       Child Net

·       Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth (HANDY)

·       Accelerated Learning Solutions (ALS)

·       Whiddon-Rogers Education Center

·       Hands On Broward

·       City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department

·       Angela M. Turner Consulting

·       Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale

·       Habitat for Humanity of Broward

·       Career Source (formerly Work Force One Employment Solutions)

·       United States Green Building Council of South Florida (USGBC-SF)

·       The Spinnaker Group, Inc.

·       Broward County Minority Builders Coalition

·       Atlantic Technical Centers

·       Center for Career Training

 About Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OICSFL)

Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OICSFL) who is led by Board Chairman, Attorney W. George Allen is a leader in workforce education and assimilation into the community at large for South Florida and was instrumental in securing the 2008 National Honor of Hope Award from the White House.

OIC of South Florida has been recognized as the leader in community education for developing job skills and employment readiness for the underserved in our community. Reaching out to the unemployed, under-employed, persons with transgressions and at risk youth, OIC of South Florida makes a difference where it counts; in our community and with our business leaders to develop employment readiness, green jobs training and life skills training. OIC of South Florida believes and lives by the motto of “Helping People Help Themselves”.

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