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Gulfport nonprofit gets $1 million grant

Café Climb in Gulfport is one of the programs that is funded in part by a grant from the Climb Community Development Corp.
Café Climb in Gulfport is one of the programs that is funded in part by a grant from the Climb Community Development Corp. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

A Gulfport community development corporation will receive more than $1 million from the federal government for a program that works with low-income, at-risk young people.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s office said the Labor Department will grant Climb Community Development Corp. $1,098,940 to operate the Gulfport YouthBuild program, which provides educational and occupational instruction to low-income, at-risk youths. The YouthBuild grant requires a 25 percent non-federal, matching contributions.

“YouthBuild provides young people with an alternative path for completing their education and learning career skills. The Gulfport program will be able to use this funding to continue its good work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in a press release.

YouthBuild offers education assistance to eligible youth so they can earn their GED while also gaining construction and other skills that can lead to employment opportunities. Participants can also earn an AmeriCorps education award for post-secondary schooling.

The Gulfport award is one of 77 programs in 35 states to receive funding this year. YouthBuild programs in the United States are operated by autonomous nonprofit or public entities, which are required to secure non-federal public or private funding.

Climb also operates Cafe Climb, a teaching cafe in Gulfport, a workforce training institute and other programs.

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