MIL-OSI USA: Dr. Ruiz Announces $1.27 Million Grant Award for Riverside County Office of Education

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Raul Ruiz (36th District of California)

Funding to support educational and career development for San Jacinto and Hemet youth

Palm Desert, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) announced a $1.27 million grant award through the U.S. Department of Labor that will fund Riverside County’s YouthBuild project. The project will benefit at-risk youth in the San Jacinto and Hemet region by increasing access to educational programs and occupational skills training in construction trades and technician logistics. 

“Now more than ever, it is crucial that we help our local students access the educational and career-building resources they need to open the door to success,” Dr. Ruiz said. “Riverside County’s YouthBuild program will do just that by empowering at-risk youth in the San Jacinto and Hemet region to reach their full potential. I am thrilled to have helped secure this funding for our communities, and I look forward to continuing to work with Riverside County Office of Education to help our local students pursue their dreams.”   

“We are grateful for Congressman Ruiz’s continued support of our Riverside County YouthBuild partnership between Come Back Kids and California Family Life Center,” commented Dr. Edwin Gomez, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. “His efforts to help us secure a $1.27 million grant from the US Department of Labor will provide young people in the Hemet/San Jacinto areas of the county to re-enroll in school to earn a high school diploma or GED, and learn skills leading to gainful employment in the construction trades and logistics industries. This investment in our young people will help us to build stronger, healthier, and more productive communities.” 

Background:

The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), Alternative Education Unit, and California Family Life Center (CFLC) were awarded a $1.27 million grant to fund a YouthBuild program in San Jacinto and Hemet.  

The San Jacinto and Hemet region has experienced severe economic hardship due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including low graduation rates, high unemployment, significant poverty, and increased foreclosure rates. Despite the economic downturn, rapid population growth trends have continued through the pandemic.  

The Riverside County YouthBuild project will create a comprehensive program for youth development, employment, and educational services for disadvantaged youth and families in the area. In total, 60 residents between the ages of 16 and 24 stand to benefit from the program. 

In January 2021, Dr. Ruiz supported RCOE’s application for YouthBuild funding. You can read the letter here. 

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