BOSTON (CBS) — Boston-based Jobs for the Future is the only national program to win an educational grant from President Obama’s’ Youth Career Connect funds.

Most of the 24 Youth Career Connect awards totaling $107 million went to individual schools and communities.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports

Jobs for the Future Vice President Nancy Hoffman said she thinks the program received the grant because it leads the way for other organizations and applies lessons learned in Massachusetts to the rest of the country.

The $4.9 million grant will be used to better develop students’ science, technology, engineering and math skills through programs at Brockton, Marlboro, and West Springfield high schools. Development of so-called STEM skills is being targeted to help address the unemployment problem that many young people are facing.

“Many young people, even those getting bachelor’s degrees, find themselves either underemployed or unemployed because they don’t have the skills that employers need,” said Hoffman.



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