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AMIkids Receives a Second $5 Million 3-Year U.S. Department of Labor Grant Award to Expand Vocational Education and Job Placement Efforts

Jun 26, 2015

AMIkids received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014 and has implemented vocational training and job placement in eight of its programs 

AMIkids, a nationally-recognized, nonprofit organization helping troubled young people discover their potential, was awarded a $5 million 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Face Forward Initiative. This grant is the second awarded to AMIkids by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide vocational education and job placement to kids to support a brighter future.

AMIkids has been providing vocational education and job placement services in eight programs since January 2015.  Over 250 kids have been enrolled since then and are receiving a wide variety of training for industry-recognized certifications. 

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“AMIkids provides youth with the support they need to turn their lives around and discover their full potential. The support we received from the Department of Labor last year and the additional funding from Face Forward 3 this year will provide AMIkids with the ability to add vocational education and job placement services for thousands of youth across the United States,” said Mark J. Criser, National Board Chairman of AMIkids, Inc. “Combining the Department of Labor's support with AMIkids' proven model provides our kids with the best opportunity to turn their lives around and become productive, successful members of their community.”

“A good job gives a person a sense of dignity and purpose, and creates a path to the middle class. Returning citizens deserve a second chance and an opportunity to find a good job,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a press release. “Expanding opportunity is not just the right thing to do; it’s an economic imperative. America is at its best when everyone shares its prosperity. The grants we are announcing today can help make that possible.”

The Face Forward Initiative provides funding for community service organizations to provide employment, training and support services to successfully reintegrate formerly incarcerated adults and youth successfully into their communities. The grant combines workforce and juvenile justice initiatives to help these young people attain skills needed to obtain good jobs. Fifteen grants, totaling $59 million, are being awarded for the third round of the Face Forward initiative, which combines the most promising workforce and juvenile justice opportunities available to improve participants' chances of success.

"AMIkids has been helping young people reach their potential for over 45 years. The opportunity to secure a good job and earn a living is a critical element in everyone’s ability to secure 'the American Dream' and grow into a responsible, productive member of our communities," said O.B. Stander, President & CEO of AMIkids, Inc. "Thank you, U.S. Department of Labor, for providing the necessary funding to train and place thousands of young people in a path for success.”

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