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Indianapolis gets federal funds for youth jobs program

May 16, 2016

Indianapolis is set to receive $2 million in federal money that will help pay for a summer jobs program for disadvantaged youth.

The city is among 11 communities that will get a cut of a $21 million federal grant that will also pay for violence-reduction efforts and meals for needy children, EmployIndy, Marion County's workforce development board, announced Monday. The grants were revealed Monday by President Barack Obama's administration.

Children who are hired under the program will be paid $8 per hour and will work between 20 and 32 hours a week. The program is expected to start this summer.

The program expects to enroll 834 participants by 2018 with a long-term plan to provide employment for 4,000 youth and young adults by 2019.

The city said the program will focus on the IndyEast Promise Zone and the Martin Luther King, Butler-Tarkington, Martindale-Brightwood and Far Eastside neighborhoods, where the average unemployment rate is 35.2 percent.

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