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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

COMPTON—The U.S. Department of Labor is recognizing the work of Compton’s EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services by awarding the agency a $1.1 million grant to support academic and occupational skills training for nearly 70 at-promise youth. Of the $85 million awarded across the country, Compton YouthBuild was one of only 5 programs in California to receive the grant. “We are so proud of the accomplishments of our young people and receiving this award will allow our agency to continue to provide not only our educational component in collaboration with YouthBuild Charter Schools of California, but also continue to provide a full-scale construction trades training program, that will work with Special Services for Groups, our nonprofit housing development partner building low-income, affordable housing right here in Rancho Dominguez,” said Kim Hughes, the organization’s Co-Founder and Chief Programs Officer.

Since its inception, EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services (ENYES) and its’ program, Compton YouthBuild, have worked diligently to provide disconnected youth ages 16-24+ with a support system where they can learn key leadership development skills, engage in high-demand occupational training, as well as earn an accredited high school diploma in a small and highly- focused learning environment. Today, the “YouthBuild members are typically the hardest-to-serve youth in our economically distressed communities. Approximately 98% are low-income, 35% are parents, 35% are touched by the justice system, 50% receive public assistance, and most are in need of a high school diploma. Compton YouthBuild provides services focused on engagement, empowerment, and determination,” said Sara Silva, EntreNous’ Co-Founder and Chief Financial and Operations Officer. The program officially begins on June 1, 2019 and is funded for a three-year period. Recruitment for program participants begins immediately.

For more information about the organization, please visit www.entrenousyouth.org or www.comptonyouthbuild.org