Youngstown Lifeguard Academy Calls on Leaders to Develop Funding Plan for At-Risk and Underserved Youth After COVID-19

Top Quote The Youngstown Lifeguard Academy Planning and Advisory Board is calling on local, state and Federal officials to set aside funds to support workforce development programs for young people who will lose their jobs and for those seeking employment in the aftermath of COVID - 19. Those who are most at-risk in turning to the streets and crime to meet their basic needs. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 26, 2020 - Promoting Our Growth

    Recovery Funding and Workforce Development Beyond COVID-19

    Youngstown, Ohio Youngstown Lifeguard Academy today announced The Youngstown Lifeguard Academy (YLA) Planning and Advisory Board is calling on local, state, and federal representatives to begin a process of planning for recovery. The underserved and at-risk youth we serve often live in poverty where unemployment is high. Then this crisis prevails and becomes devastating to them. The youth and their parents are losing their thread of financial hope as businesses close in response to this COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. As Such, we seek to be included in any recovery funding opportunities at the federal, state, or local governmental level.

    The COVID-19 will permanently change everything we do. But there is nothing that will change our responsibility to our youth. In particular; those growing up in poverty, who are underserved, at-risk of failure, and underemployed or not employed. These youth are 15-24 years of age. They will need counseling and reassurance resulting from the experience of this worldwide pandemic. This transitioning to adult age group continues to have developmental needs; guidance to cultivate their leadership abilities, and education to increase their potential. That is the promise and gift from YLA which is why we seek to be included in recovery funding to benefit the youth and their families we serve in Mahoning Valley.

    Our partner in Youngstown, the YMCA, “have been diligently monitoring all national, state, and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have decided to close the Central YMCA and Davis Family YMCA to the public effective March 17, 2020 through April 6, 2020”, according to their website.

    At YLA, we continue to work daily with our young people to help them to get through this crisis. In doing so, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and are closely following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We understand this is a concerning time and people want to protect themselves; standard hygiene practices help prevent the spread of viral illnesses.

    About Youngstown Lifeguard Academy, an Ohio 501c3 nonprofit, “provides workforce development lifeguard training to strengthen the ability of our community to respond more effectively to needs for employment opportunities for our young people, ages 15-24.” To learn more go to

    Hon. Kevin A. Tarpley I
    Youngstown Lifeguard Academy

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