Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development announced the disbursement of $1.35 million in Neighborhood Jobs Trust (NJT) funds to 23 community-based organizations to provide job training skills and support services to low-income Boston residents. The recipients were celebrated Wednesday at the South End bookstore of More Than Words, a first-time recipient of NJT funding. By supporting and employing participants to run a book-selling enterprise, More Than Words teaches job readiness skills to young people who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school.

Gregory Aupont, a graduate of BEST Hospitality Training Center, is now a housekeeper at Boston Park Plaza Hotel and a member of Local 26. He was a biology teacher in his native Haiti until an earthquake took the lives of loved ones and left him homeless.
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NJT recipients were selected through an open Request for Proposals (RFP) process administered by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. These programs are anticipated to enroll 511 Boston residents in job training, English to Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

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