The YWCA of Queens, located at 42-07 Parsons Blvd., is offering a new, free job training program to unemployed and disadvantaged young people.
John Park, spokesman for the YWCA, said the state program is aimed at combating the 40 percent unemployment rate for inner- city youth in New York State. “We aren’t just giving our youth a promise; we’re giving them a pathway,” Park said.
Qualified youths between the ages of 16 and 24 will receive a stipend for the training and the job placement transition. Once the certification is earned, participants will work with a job developer for placement.
An expected 90 participants will attend 48 hours of classes over a three-week period. The Y received $127,200 in funding.
Also, a wage subsidy of up to $4,000 will be provided to businesses that hire those who successfully complete the program.
Those who think they qualify to participate in the job training should go to the YWCA on Friday between noon and 5 p.m. for open registration. Bring a photo ID, Social Security card and proof of eligibility to register.