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YouthBuild Louisville benefits from more than $1 million in grants

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than $1 million in grant money is going toward a Louisville organization that provides education, counseling and job skills to young people.

That money will come over a 30-month period for the non-profit YouthBuild Louisville. It will go to help 70 young people get their GEDs, nursing and construction certifications, and leadership training, as well as help them get jobs after school. 

It's part of a bigger, nearly $76 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Cheyenne Orobia talked at a press conference this morning about how YouthBuild Louisville has changed her life. 

"In just four months, I completed my GED, completed a women's motorcycle mechanics course, earned my pre-apprenticeship in construction, received my personal protection training certification," she said. 

"This grant speaks volumes about the success of this program," said U.S. Representative John Yarmuth. "We live in a time, as you know, when federal funding has been cut and programs have ended. With grand money scarce, the YouthBuild Louisville program was highly competitive."

YouthBuild Louisville is an alternative education program serving at-risk youth who have aged out of foster care, been in the justice system, or dropped out of high school. It was formed in Louisville 15 years ago. 

At risk youth aged 16-24 who are unemployed and academically deficient are eligible for YouthBuild Louisville. 

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