Governor Announces $50,000 Grant To Help At-Risk Youth in Nashua

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch announced today that " Pathways, " a Nashua collaborative program has been awarded a $50,000 grant to help at-risk youth, including high school dropouts, with educational alternatives and work readiness skills.

" The demands of a changing economy require a highly skilled and educated workforce. The first step in making sure New Hampshire has a strong economic future, and that our children have the bright future that they deserve, is encouraging more students to graduate from high school and giving them the preparation they need to compete in the workforce, " Gov. Lynch said.

" Supporting innovative, community-based programs like this is key to reaching that goal, " Gov. Lynch said.

The Workforce Opportunity Council will fund the grant for the next three years if the program meets performance standards.

Several area social service agencies known as the Nashua Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Group came together to design the program, which was selected by the Council after a competitive review of proposals from school districts and community-based organizations throughout New Hampshire.

" I want to thank the members of the ABCD Group in Nashua for focusing on providing at-risk youth, including high school dropouts with alternative ways to learn and to prepare for the workforce, " Gov. Lynch said.

The Pathways Program will assist 20 adolescents a year in the greater Nashua area between the ages of 16 and 21, who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Pathways will include work readiness training, occupational training, assessment and educational opportunities.

Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., an active participant in ABCD, will implement the grant.