1. New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

    New North Citizens Council finds residents want to work and learn, gets workforce development grant to help them do it

    The New North Citizens Council has received a $50,000 workforce development grant from the state to launch a pilot program that would get residents in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods back to school or working. Council members recently went door-do-door in the neighborhood and found that many people are looking for opportunities to work or go back to school.

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    1. The pilot program will focus on two cohorts. One group will be made up of people who want to go to work immediately, while the other group will focus on people interested in training to become paraprofessionals, Manos a la Obra
    2. What we found after speaking with all of these stakeholders was that while there are services available, the difficulty is in getting people to participate in programs, and more importantly retaining them.
    3. Teaching is a job that has a big impact, not only in that person's life or their family's life, but on an entire community.
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