(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement on Monday on the Urban Jobs Act of 2011 announced by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Congressman Donald Payne and National Urban League President Marc Morial:
“I applaud Sen. Lautenberg, Congressman Payne and President Morial for a thorough plan that will expand job opportunities for under-skilled workforces that face higher rates of job loss, particularly among urban youth.
“This economy has been difficult for everyone, but as we work to create jobs and economic growth, we must remember to focus on ways to help our future generations succeed. Under this bill, nonprofit organizations would be eligible for grants to provide job training for those aged 18 to 24, helping to build strong futures.
“Urban youth are especially at risk and in need of help, and statistics show most urban youth who participate in such jobs program are likely to obtain their high school diploma while staying away from problems such as recidivism. Such proven success stories are inspirational, and they make our society better for everyone.
“This is just the type of creative legislation that is needed to create jobs and push our economy forward. It also fits in well with the expansive job creation initiatives advanced in by the Democratic Legislature in New Jersey. Our state cannot become strong unless everyone has the opportunity for success. I urge Congress to move forward quickly on this plan.”