Mott Haven job programs offer hope

Two programs to help residents find jobs received hopeful news in January.

The Disconnected Youth Training Program and the Entrepreneurial Development Program, both run by Mott Haven based non-profit SoBRO, each received funding to help economically strapped local residents improve their prospects for earning a living wage.

SoBRO will launch a green jobs training program for 20 unemployed, out-of-school youth between 16 and 24, preparing them for construction jobs with an environmental focus. Participants will be trained in clean up contaminated lots known as “Brownfields,” a growing segment of the city’s construction industry.
 
SoBRO says its program counselors will try to help each participant find employment, but applicants must apply for the program no later than February 15.

The Entrepreneurial Development Program, which SoBRO has been running since the 1990s, aims to help aspiring small business owners with legal and financial advice, and with technical assistance related to financing, management and marketing strategies.

The new funding will enable the program to continue helping local residents who want to start a business but who lack experience. There is no application deadline for participants for this program.

For more information about SoBRO, or about the two training programs listed above, visit its Web site or contact Ayca Ergeneman, SoBRO’s Vice President of Development, at 718-732-7520, or email her at [email protected]

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