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NJDOT accepting grant applications for the 2023 Urban Youth Corps summer jobs program

The program develops life and job skills for disadvantaged youth

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Friday announced that grant applications are being accepted for the 2023 Youth Corps Urban Gateway Enhancement program.

The program provides employment opportunities to underserved youth and young adults through community-service projects.

“NJDOT is dedicated to helping build strong communities across the state. It is critical that we inspire, encourage, and coach young people to show them what fun they could have in transportation,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “The Youth Corps Urban Gateway Enhancement program fosters collaboration with the communities we serve to empower New Jersey’s youth with employment and life-skills training opportunities, as well as serve the public with beautification projects.”

NJDOT’s Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action administers the Youth Corps program and is soliciting applications from local government agencies, non-profits, and other community-based organizations with established youth programs for participation in this seasonal program. The application deadline is April 17, 2023.

The program provides employment opportunities with on-the-job training to at-risk youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 who have experienced barriers to employment. The participants will receive life-skills training and employment experience in transportation enhancement projects through paid summer/fall employment. Participants will gain work experience that may help them succeed in future efforts to obtain jobs. Communities will benefit from projects that create attractive gateways for residents and visitors.

Grant proposals should focus on enhancing aesthetics in areas near state roads. Preference will be given to applications that address urban communities. Approved proposals will receive a federally-funded grant of up to $32,000 for their community gateway project. Each grant will support stipends for approximately ten young adults and a supervisor, as well as equipment and supplies.

For additional information and to apply, go to or contact the NJDOT’s Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action at 609-963-2047 or email

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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