LearningWorks garners grant

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PORTLAND — The United States Department of Labor announced a two-year, $1.1 million grant has been awarded to a local alternative education program.

The grant was given to LearningWorks, an organization which serves at-risk youth, to continue administering its Youth Building Alternatives program. YBA is an educational program for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who have dropped out of high school. LearningWorks is one of only 72 YouthBuild sites funded across the country, and the only site in Maine funded during this round.

For more than 20 years, YBA has served high school students who have dropped out of high school. The program projects enrollment of 65 participants in each of the three yearly training cycles.