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The money will help youth prepare for careers, including kids at the Rockwood Club

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Rockwood Boys & Girls ClubYouths in East Multnomah County who participate in programs at the Rockwood Boys & Girls Club will get help with career development thanks to a three-year $278,000 grant from KeyBank.

KeyBank made the gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to provide funding for the Clubs' YouthForce career development program that will expand opportunities for teen training and employment.

YouthForce, launched in 2015, helps underserved, low-income and first-generation college-bound youths ages 15-19 build job skills and create a path toward career success.

YouthForce's goal is to empower teens to develop a vision for their future and then works to provide them the experiences, resources and networks to achieve that.

The goal is for the young participants to gain professional skills, comfort in the business environment, identification of career options/paths, knowledge of managing personal finances, increased confidence and a positive outlook on the future.

The program includes adult coaching and mentoring, skill building workshops and hands-on work experience through paid internships.

"Helping underserved youth realize their full potential is critical to their success and instrumental in building and maintaining a vibrant economy," said Michelle Weisenbach, president of KeyBank in Oregon and Southwest Washington, in announcing the grant.

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