Govenor Pritker visited Rockford, IL today to speak about the pilot grant program funded by the state of Illinois. Jose Padron, a UW Health Sports Factory employee had an opportunity to share his experience and stated “I’m really thankful for the opportunity this grant has given me.” Padron also states that “Because of this grant I will be able to make ends meet and even pay towards my tuition at Rockford University." Padron is one of nearly 100 young adults in this program.
“Prioritizing young people must be a no brainer,” stated Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Pritzker made his way to Rockford to celebrate the grant program which provides the Rockford Park District with $500,000. “Young people are working in customer services, assisting with programming and running maintenance at the children’s farm and so many other very important jobs that keep this place going,” Pritzker said.
“Due to COVID-19 many of our first time positions we weren’t able to offer,” Lynch said.
Thanks to the pilot grant program they have a full staff of young adults ready to take on any challenge that comes their way. Many thanks have been given to those who made it possible; Governor JB Pritzker, State Representative Maurice West and State Senator Steve Stadelman! Appreciation was also expressed to the Illinois Department of Human Services and IDHS Secretary Grace Hou and all the Park and Recreation Professionals.
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