New Assistant Director Amber Luiz
At-Risk Youth Initiative
Projects approved at the September and November Meetings
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Sacramento, CA 95814
ETP Joins Governor's Efforts to Assist At-Risk Youth
In May 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed an initiative to combat gang violence in California -- the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program (CalGRIP), which will provide over $48 million to support local anti-gang efforts, including job training, education and intervention programs.
In support of the Governor's efforts, ETP has targeted $2 million this fiscal year for job training programs that help at-risk youth. The Panel awarded a $352,107 job training contract to the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) for a pilot program to train 63 at-risk youth for jobs in video, web, and multimedia production. BAVC will work simultaneously to develop basic "life" or "soft" skills of this underserved population in an effort to meet the growing needs of major industry employers and small businesses served by BAVC.
BAVC was founded in 1976 and is based in San Francisco. The organization's youth digital network serves over 500 youth per day at 13 program sites through the Bay Area. In addition to having a rich history as an advocate for youth development and training, BAVC also has vast experience in creating alternative networks by connecting underserved youth and adults with employers.
The Panel is also considering at today's Panel meeting a proposal with the Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition to train at-risk youth. In this $193,600 project, 80 at-risk youth will be trained in jobs within the Logistics and International Trade field within Los Angeles County.
For more information on how to apply for these funds, please contact Barry Worthington, ETP Economic Development Analyst, at 916-327-5262 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.