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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

June 25, 1999


Steinhaus Allocates $774,912 for Summer Youth Programs

Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus announces that the New York State Department of Labor has provided Dutchess County with $774,912 for the operation of the Job Training Partnership Act's (JTPA) Title II-B Summer Youth programs. The Dutchess/Putnam Private Industry Council (PIC), to which County Executive Steinhaus appoints the members of the board, is the authorized agent for spending these funds.

"Once again, the purpose of this program is to strengthen our workforce, not only so the county can be more competitive, but also so our youth can grow up to be secure, independent and self reliant," said Steinhaus. "The Private Industry Council will allocate these dollars to programs whose objective it is to improve school retention and completion, improve academic performance, improve employability skills and demonstrate coordination with other community service organizations."

Among the agencies that have developed programs that PIC will fund is the Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie which will provide a program where youth will learn carpentry, as well as other important job, academic and life skills. Dutchess and Putnam County BOCES will provide community services in which youth will focus on citizenship, science and social studies. The Martin Luther King Cultural Center in Beacon will continue the summer program it has operated for the past nine years which stresses computer and literacy skills, as well as workshops on budgeting both time and money.  The Association for Retarded Citizens will operate a program targeting disabled youth with workshops on job development and resume writing as well as providing participants with internships. The Youth Resource Development Corp will operate a program offering work at community-based organizations, municipal summer recreation programs and on Public Land Corps projects. The YWCA is also adding a new program offering childcare training to teen parents and, as part of the work experience component, the teens will serve as counselors at the YWCA Camp Cedarcliff summer campsite.

These agencies will accomplish their goals through the use of basic and remedial education, institutional and on the-job training, work experience programs, youth corps programs and employment counseling. Youth are paid wages for their summer work experience. "The targeted population is youth ages 14-21 who are economically disadvantaged, or who meet the eligibility requirements for free meals under the National School Lunch Act for the most recent school year," Steinhaus noted. "We want to develop a situation where we all  have the same opportunities open to us, where we all possess the fundamentals to go out and make a good living and become self sufficient."

Steinhaus has signed the legislation to accept the funds for the Summer Youth programs on June 18, 1999.



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