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Admin Offers $85M in Grants for Jobs   02/28 06:08


   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Biden administration is preparing to offer $85 
million in federal grants meant to improve job opportunities for youth in 
communities affected by gun violence and crime.

   It's part of an administration effort to address not just the immediate 
needs of communities following acts of violence, but also to promote 
longer-term recovery and resilience.

   Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was expected to 
speak about the grants on Wednesday.

   "It's clear that with gun violence now being the number one cause of 
premature death for all youth in America, that we must take an 
all-of-government public health approach to address this crisis," said Greg 
Jackson, deputy director of the White House office of gun violence prevention.

   President Joe Biden has called gun violence "the ultimate superstorm," 
affecting not just victims but the everyday lives of community members. His 
administration says the response should better resemble how the government acts 
after natural disasters.

   Jackson said the grants will help provide key resources for community 
organizations and government leaders and will invest in those most at risk for 
violence. He said it was a way to address both "the lack of economic 
opportunity and the crisis of gun violence."

   The grants will be open to nonprofits, governments and civic leaders to fund 
education, skills training and paid work experience. The money is being made 
available through the Labor Department's employment and training administration.

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