Grant benefits high school drop-outs - - Jackson, MS

Grant benefits high school drop-outs

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Seventy-two of Jackson's high school drop-outs are getting some help to succeed in the real world.

The West Jackson Community Development Corporation has received $1.1 million from the Department of Labor to train those young people on construction. They will work alongside contractors on houses on Calhoun Street, and in a few other Jackson neighborhoods.

They will also receive education to earn their G.E.D., and healthy lifestyle education.

"Like abstinence education, drug free intervention and prevention, healthy marriage, things like that," says Linda Carter, Director of the West Jackson CDC.

The City of Jackson donated 35 lots to the West Jackson CDC for the Youth Build program. 14 houses are already complete, and three are under construction. 

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