July 19, 2019 - Westchester County Executive George Latimer has announced that $560,000 in funding has been awarded to Westchester’s Young Adult Reentry Project (WYRAP). The program, which is run by the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board (WPWDB), assists soon-to-be released incarcerated young adults with job and workforce training, and reentry services. The WYRAP Program is particularly targeted towards vulnerable populations in Mount Vernon who have economic barriers to employment.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “As a County, it is critical that we provide the resources necessary to help our youth reenter society armed with the tools that are needed for success. This program will assist participants in identifying career growth opportunities, and preparing for a successful future.”

Executive Director of the WPWDV Thom Kleiner said: "This program will go a long way to serving a particularly vulnerable population who will benefit from early intervention at a young age. With its success, recidivism will be significantly reduced."

The WYRAP program addresses reintegration challenges by providing specified case management services to link participants with the appropriate community resources, and uses an established business network to provide job and workforce training.