The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development is investing $1.2 million in programs that help the City’s young people gain new knowledge and skills and climb the economic ladder. The funds, which come to the City through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), will support alternative education, career exploration, and career training for young people ages 14-24 who face barriers to employment. These barriers range from homelessness to poverty to physical or mental disability.

The eight funded nonprofit organizations were selected through an open Request for Proposals (RFP) process and are expected to serve more than 170 young people from July 2019-June 2020.

New this year, the WIOA-Youth funds will support the creation of an online directory that organizations can use to locate additional support services – ranging from financial literacy to housing assistance – for the youth they serve.

Read the City of Boston press release to learn more.