GREENFIELD – Mayor Roxann D. Wedegartner and Community Development Administrator Lindsay Rowe announce the receipt of an FY21 Urban Agenda Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED). In Greenfield, this $75,000 in grant funding will be used to support youth summer employment by providing career readiness skills training, career pathway exploration workshops, a career/job fair, and jobs with wrap-around coaching for youth ages 16 to 24. The City of Greenfield is an equal opportunity employer. Youth of color are encouraged to apply.
According to Mayor Wedegartner, “A huge thank you to Senator Jo Comerford for her assistance with this - we will be putting these funds to good use and changing lives in the city. I want to thank our Office of Community and Economic Development for their efforts and help administering this grant. The timing of this grant is important to help our youth get ready for the job market and help their families recover from the pandemic.”
Community Development Administrator Lindsay Rowe stated, “Young adults were hit hard by the pandemic, and this funding strives to offer students the skills and experience that lead to economic self sufficiency and a positive community impact as the City’s employers work towards a successful and sustainable recovery. MassHire is our lead partner in this program.”
Launched in 2015, the Urban Agenda Grant Program promotes economic vitality in urban neighborhoods by fostering partnerships that capitalize on unique local assets and community-driven responses to specific challenges. Urban Agenda grants are competitive one-year awards that offer these partnerships flexible funding to implement programming and projects based on creative, collaborative work models to support economic progress in urban communities. To address the unique challenges created by the unprecedented and far-reaching impact of the global pandemic, this year’s program primarily sought proposals that intended to develop or implement COVID-19 economic recovery strategies.
To learn more about the Urban Agenda Grant Program in Greenfield, please feel free to contact the city’s Office of Community and Economic Development (www.greenfield-ma.gov) or at 413-772-1548x5.
UPDATE 3/29/21 - Interested youth should contact Anitra Ford, Youth Services and Special Projects Coordinator at MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 413.774.4361 x368.