Tsongas Presents YouthBuild Lawrence with $1.1MIL Check

Tsongas presents yet MORE Grant Money ($1.1 million) for Lawrence


Niki Tsongas LAWRENCE, MA – On Thursday, September 27th, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas participated in a check presentation to YouthBuild Lawrence, a community-based alternative education program that provides vocational and classroom training to at-risk youth ages 16-24.

In August, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced that $75 million in YouthBuild grants was being awarded nationally to help out-of-school youth earn a high school or GED diploma while learning critical skills in construction, healthcare, information technology and other fields.

The grants ranged from $700,000 to $1.1 million and were awarded to 74 YouthBuild programs in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

As part of this process, YouthBuild Lawrence was awarded a grant of $1.1 million over three years.

Congresswoman Tsongas strongly supported YouthBuild Lawrence’s grant application.

Thursday’s check presentation took place at a single-family home that was built by a previous class of YouthBuild students.

The home will be sold to a low-income, first-time homebuyer. A previous YouthBuild participant served as general contractor of the project.


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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