Seventeen local young people have been recognized by Dutchess County for completing its two-day summer session teaching critical computer and financial skills.
The Youth Financial Literacy & Computer Training Program was offered in July and August, according to a press release from County Executive Marc Molinaro. Participants’ ages ranged from 17 to 19, and all those enrolled came from families who receive public assistance or foster care services from the county.
Local students had to achieve satisfactory attendance and grades to get into one of the sessions, and at the end of the two days, graduates were presented with a laptop computer and printer.
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The new items are intended to help in pursuing goals of college and a career.
“Dutchess County is proud of these students’ accomplishments so far, and we look forward to their success in the future,” Molinaro said. “Coupled with the support they’ve received from Dutchess County, the skills they’ve learned during this program are key components in helping them reach their goals.”
Organized by the Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services, the program offered lessons on budgeting and computer program taught by professionals from local organizations.
TEG Federal Credit Union provided lessons on financial literacy and Dutchess BOCES taught participants about budgeting, employment and computer skills. The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board is also a partner of the program.
In its 10th year, the program has served more than 225 youths, according to the release, and 96 percent of youth who participated in the program from fall 2011 to 2015 are no longer on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families with the county.
The program is funded through the temporary assistance program and the Foster Care Block Grant.