PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Area YMCA is accepting applications for its Second Chance program, an employment training initiative for out-of-school youth and young adults ages 16-24.

This free program is designed to help young people gain life skills and training that leads to gainful employment and career advancement.  It also provides assistance with GED preparation and testing, and works to increase literacy for those who are deficient in basic skills.

“Second Chance will help bring together educational and workforce development resources, to help ensure that every young person in Union County is in a good position to find work and improve their situation,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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Advancement of key life skills like leadership development, financial literacy, secondary school alternatives, entrepreneurial skills training, and healthy living are covered in the curriculum.

“Second Chance offers an intensive, multi-faceted approach that helps young people assemble a stronger foundation for success in life,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who is the Freeholder liaison to the Union County Human Services Advisory Council.

Second Chance is fully funded under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a national program that coordinates educational and career training resources. The Freeholder Board is responsible for administering federal WIOA funds in Union County, and designated the Plainfield Area YMCA to receive the funds for the program based on the recommendation of the Union County Workforce Development Board.

Classes will be offered at the Plainfield Area YMCA, 518 Watchung Avenue, and will begin April 3rd and run through May 30th.  Participants will have access to the YMCA computer room, fitness center and other resources.

For more information about Second Chance contact Ravenell Williams, 908-756-6060 ext. 101 or rwilliams@plainfieldymca.org.