Mayor Woodfin, Birmingham Promises announces $1.8M grant for student career opportunities

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Tuesday, Birmingham Promise and Mayor Randall Woodfin announced a major investment for student career opportunities.

The Birmingham mayor announced a $1.8 million grant provided by Bloomberg Philanthropists for it’s apprentice program. This grant will be an opportunity for Birmingham students to have a paid work experience and start building career skills that the mayor says will “last a lifetime.”

“The investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies is simply game changing for our community,” Mayor Woodfin said.

“I have prioritized investing in young people from the very beginning. It is the ultimate validation of those efforts to have our local investments matched by a national organization such as Bloomberg Philanthropies. We look forward to leveraging this investment to enhance, expand and deepen our efforts to support our city’s next generation of talent.”

The Birmingham Promise grant is part of $25 million in investments announced Tuesday by Bloomberg Philanthropies to prepare young people for careers and help them recover from the financial and educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to Birmingham, other grants included in Tuesday’s announcement went to programs in Atlanta, Baltimore, Camden, Charlotte, Denver, Louisville, Providence, Washington D.C., Delaware and Texas. This new investment brings Bloomberg Philanthropies’ support of career and technical education programs to $90 million since 2016.

The full announcement can be watched in the video player above.

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