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The initiative will provide job training and services that address education, employment and developmental needs to young parents

Photo credit: obtjobs.org

On Friday, Mayor de Blasio announced a four-year $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the New York City Performance Partnership Pilot (NYCP3), an initiative that aims to integrate child care support and parent coaching into its services for young parents who are out of work and out of school. The city will invest an additional $316,000 and will collaborate with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that provides a wide range of job training and support services to young adults, adults and immigrants.

“No one should lack access to opportunity simply because they’re a parent,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “When young people are able to finish their education or start a career, the whole city reaps the benefits. The NYC Performance Partnership Pilot helps create opportunity for young parents to help them create a better life both for themselves and their children.”

The NYCP3 program aims to identify what kind of support is effective in improving the outcomes for young parents and obtaining access to multiple career pathways. Young people who are neither working nor in school frequently struggle with lower lifetime earnings, poor health, housing insecurity and justice system involvement. The initiative will provide support to 50 young parents ages 17-24 and their children with services that address the education, employment and developmental needs of both parents and children.

Youth participants will be recruited citywide and receive services from the Brooklyn-based organization Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow which provides educational and workforce support, including high school equivalency preparation, work readiness and occupational skills training (including paid work experiences), and assistance with placement in employment and/or postsecondary education.

OBT was founded in 1983 by the late Sister Mary Franciscus to serve the at-risk, out-of-school and unemployed youth of Sunset Park. Since then, the organziation has expanded its services to Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick and Williamsburg, and serves approximately 4,500 youth and adults annually.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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