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Congressman Engel Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Programs in Yonkers

Congressman Engel Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Programs in Yonkers

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to announce that the Nepperhan Community Center (NCC) in Yonkers has received a five-year, $10 million federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to set-up a new Healthy Marriage And Relationship Education Program.

The program seeks to develop and support healthy relationships and life skills for up to 500 young adults and at-risk youths living in the Yonkers, Greenburgh, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, and Tuckahoe communities. The goals of the initiative include improving the financial stability and mobility of the at-risk youth; improving parenting skills for young adults; improving financial management skills; teaching effective conflict resolution; supporting and defining career ambition; and assisting youth successfully transition to young adulthood. The Nepperhan Community Center, which will design and oversee implementation of the program, receives $2 million of the HHS grant money in 2016, and $2 million in funding each subsequent year for a further four years, pending annual review.

“We all know how important healthy social interaction and stable family lives are to our communities,” Congressman Engel said. “The best research we have tells us that strong relationships solidify economic prosperity, help raise healthy and well-educated children, and provide any number of additional social benefits. And we could all use a little help now and then perfecting the skills that make us good spouses, partners, and parents. That’s why I was so pleased that the Nepperhan Community Center has received major support from HHS to set-up their new Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program. With this support, NCC will be able to help families in Yonkers and the surrounding communities learn important skills in financial planning, communication, parenting, and conflict resolution. These Federal funds will improve the lives of husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, and parents and children so they can grow and thrive at work, at school, and at home.”

“As young people transition into adulthood, relationship building with family, friends and colleagues become increasingly important and shape our lives. Under the Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education initiative, we’re working to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and led a healthy and impactful life,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “We extend our thanks to Dr. Bostic for identifying the needs of our at-risk youth and leading the charge in the Lower Hudson Valley region and we also want to thank our federal delegation for securing the dollars needed to provide our youth a brighter future.”

“On behalf of the Nepperhan Community Center Inc., I am very grateful, and extremely excited about the recent award from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,” said Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director of NCC. “The Lower Hudson Valley Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program will give our agency an opportunity working with key stakeholders from around Westchester County to have a major impact on the family structure. By strengthening our families, we believe it will likewise help to strengthen our communities. We anxiously look forward to working with families all around our county.”