Nonprofit awards Bay County millions to prepare at-risk youth for the workforce

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County is one of five counties in the state that will receive four and a half million dollars for many of its young people.

Bay County is one of five counties receiving a grant from AMIkids to prepare at-risk youth for the workforce. (AMIkids Inc.)

Pinellas, Lee, Escambia, Dade, and Bay counties were granted the award from AMIkids. It's "a national nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth."

The grant program offers nationally-accredited construction and culinary vocational certification as well as GED preparation and job placement services to those involved in the juvenile justice system, adult justice system, or high school dropouts.

"We expect more and are more consequences tied to youth today than there was 20, 25 years ago and not to mention some of the societal pressures that come from what might be happening at home, or in the particular case of northwest Florida, having lived with the trauma of a storm where you could have lost your home, your parents could have lost their job or their business- so you've gone through a lot already," Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday.

The four and a half million dollar grant will serve 600 18 to 24 year-olds over a two-year period beginning in October.

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