A new state-funded initiative was unveiled on Wednesday, which will grant $16 million to three local programs working to reduce poverty.
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the money will directly benefit a new workforce development center at the Eastman Business Park, the Monroe County’s Mentors for Success program, and the Hillside work-scholarship connection program.
For officials, it’s all about jobs.
“If you don’t have the job, you can’t go to a high school and offer a young person a vision of hope about an opportunity if they don’t see the job that’s at the end of the rainbow,” Cuomo said.
Hillside is expected to grow their mentoring services by an additional 500 students over the next two years.
In addition, the workforce development center will receive the remaining $5.4 million it needs to finish its plan. That center is expected to train more than 2,000 people.