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Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation Receives Over $1 million Grant Funding For YouthBuild Columbia Program

The Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation, a unit of Benedict College, was recently announced as the recipient of a grant award totaling $1,067,996  from the US Department of Labor to support their YouthBuild Columbia program.  

Youthbuild Columbia is a program for young adults between the ages of 16-24 who live in Richland or Lexington counties, meet certain income criteria, and are unable to find meaningful employment due to leaving high school prior to graduation.

Participants are engaged through a comprehensive approach to youth empowerment and are given construction skills training, academic tutoring, leadership development, and job placement assistance.

Mr. Larry Salley, Executive Director of the Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation, stated, “YouthBuild has been a very effective program for youth in the midlands.” “There have been numerous success stories from the 200 youth that we have trained, many have gone on to college and successful careers after obtaining their GED and construction certificates from the program.”

This is the fourth grant that the Benedict-Allen CDC has received over the past 15 years for a total of $1.6 million to provide training and education services to Midlands’ youth.

The Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation is currently accepting applications for the YouthBuild Columbia program but spots are limited.

For more information or to register please contact us at 803-705-4361 or 803-705-4365 or come by the office at 2601 Read Street Columbia, SC 29204.

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