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United Community Services awarded 4th DOL YouthBuild grant

United Community Services awarded 4th DOL YouthBuild grant

Community-based nonprofit, United Community Services for Working Families was awarded its fourth US Department of Labor YouthBuild grant. The Department of Labor announced on Friday August 18th that UCS was one of 77 organizations selected to receive this grant through the competitive application process, only one of 2 in the state of Pennsylvania. UCS will receive $902,161.00 over the next three years to continue the UCS YouthBuild AmeriCorps program.

A national-based model, YouthBuild is an education and training program for young adults ages 17-24 looking to transform their lives through GED preparation, workforce development, and vocational training. The comprehensive program will target sixty low-income youth from Berks County and provide opportunities to renovate affordable housing through a partnership with Reading Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity. UCS YouthBuild is also an AmeriCorps site allowing all students the opportunity to earn scholarships through completing service hours. This program has been facilitated by UCS since 2009.

United Community Services is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Reading and serving all Berks County families. Our mission is “to build community partnerships which will assess community economic, educational, and social needs, and develop strategies for delivering programs to meet those needs.”

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