Judge Jimmie Edwards speaks at today's press conference. Edwards created the youth-focused Innovative Concept Academy, which will benefit from a grant from the Department of Labor to create job training opportunities for criminal offenders.
Ex-criminal offenders in the St. Louis region will get assistance in finding jobs through two new grants from the Department of Labor.
The Fathers' Support Center received a $1.4 million grant, and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment is working with the Center to create more job training opportunities for former felons. The “Training to Work – Adult Reentry” grant will fund job training through Ranken Technical College.