ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday an additional $30 million in funding for the Urban Youth Jobs Program, a tax credit program which connects minority and at-risk youth with unemployment opportunities in communities across the state.
The investment brings the total amount of funding for the program to $50 million this year.
The program encourages businesses to hire unemployed, at-risk youth ages 16-24, who live in New York State, by providing a tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee.
The Governor announced the launch of a new website designed to connect young people with job opportunities in conjunction with the increased funding.
Governor Cuomo also announced the official launch of a new Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which he says will match qualified trainees with permanent employment opportunities on major infrastructure projects.
In New York City, the Governor says those infrastructure projects could be the new LaGuardia Airport, and the upcoming work on Penn Station.
The Governor says the State will today issue a request for proposals from training providers, who will prepare participants for a career in the building and construction trades.
“In every corner of this state, we are taking aggressive action to restore economic opportunity and social progress by creating jobs,” Governor Cuomo said. “”From the Unemployment Strikeforce to the Urban Youth Jobs program, we are making smart investments to tackle unemployment in communities where it is most pervasive, and connect tomorrow’s workers with the skills they need to succeed in a 21st century workplace.
More information about the program can be found at ny.gov/youthjobs.