TEMPO receives $500,000 for scholarships and technical titles

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The City of Tallahassee is awarding $500,000 to the Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity, which is a nationally recognized youth program that provides disconnected youth a pathway to training in the marketplace work, educational opportunities and placement.

The program targets groups of young people aged 16 to 24 who are out of school and helps them find their place in the labor market.

TEMPO also awards scholarships for technical training and graduation from a vocational college or university.

“Since we launched the TEMPO program in 2017, the City has engaged more than 1,900 local youth,” said Mayor John E. Dailey. “Through their continued success, TEMPO alumni are showing the positive trajectory the program provides with a zero percent recidivism rate, more than 400 employees, and 297 enrolled in higher education.”

The TEMPO class of 2021 presented its largest cohort with 70 graduating students, and in 2022 more than 80 students will graduate and receive GED or Workforce Graduation licenses and certificates.

“TEMPO was described as ‘a lifeline’ by many participants,” said Dr. Kimball Thomas, Director of Housing and Community Resilience for the City of Tallahassee. “Every day through this program, we reach a target demographic that the data shows represent the largest potential pools of gun violence victims and offenders in Tallahassee.”

For more information on TEMPO and how this program provides viable alternatives by opening pathways to economic opportunity for local youth, visit Talgov.com/TEMPO or call 850-891-8722.

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