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Governor Joins Young Mainers Weatherization Corps at Project in Bangor

August 28, 2009

BANGOR – Governor John E. Baldacci today joined members of the Young Mainers Weatherization Corps at a project to weatherize the home of Violet Smith in Bangor.

The Young Mainers Weatherization Corps was introduced earlier this year in the Governor’s State of the State Address. The program uses Recovery Act funds under the Workforce Investment Act to teach valuable work and life skills to young Mainers between 18-24.

About 60 young workers are participating in the Young Mainers Weatherization Corps around the State and helped to weatherize homes in their communities this summer.

“Today, we can celebrate the accomplishments of the Young Mainers Weatherization Corps. Through hard work and commitment, you have helped yourselves and others to have a brighter, more secure future,” Governor Baldacci said.

The Corps is part of a larger statewide program under the Workforce Investment Act Summer Youth Employment Program that has put about 714 young people to work.

The Young Mainers Weatherization Corps is a partnership between MaineHousing, the Maine Department of Labor, the four local Workforce Investment Boards, CAP agencies and LearningWorks.

Youth who graduate from the program have received weatherization training, OSHA safety training and workforce training.

“Last year as oil prices broke records and pushed our economy into recession, we made a vow that we would begin immediately to reduce our dependency on foreign oil,” Governor Baldacci said. “As you all have demonstrated, each one of us can make a difference for ourselves and the people around us. I am proud of you.”

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