New York state is setting aside another $5.5 million to support efforts to ensure teens have better options than joining a criminal gang.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Wednesday. It will go to 14 programs that provide workforce training and educational programs for at-risk youth. Participants in the programs can get help with earning a high school diploma or learn skills needed for jobs in health care, building trades, information technology, and other sectors.
Cuomo, a Democrat, says the funding is a key part of offering teens good alternatives to violent street gangs.
Nearly $1 million will go toward programs on Long Island, where state and local officials are trying to curb recruitment by the MS-13 gang.