Assemblymember Frontus Secures Funding From the State Budget for Programs Across Her District

Newly elected state lawmaker delivers funding for the P2A Program, a pre-apprenticeship training for Coney Island residents, and the Bay Ridge Senior Center in Bay Ridge

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-Brooklyn) announced that she helped pass the 2019-20 state budget, which includes $100,000 in funding for Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) and $100,000 for the Bay Ridge Senior Center.

“Investing in local organizations allows them to provide key services that contribute to the revitalization of our community,” Frontus said. “That’s why I fought for a state budget that provides funding for a program that will help low-income residents in my neighborhood have access to careers in the union building trades and improve upon on the quality of life for our elderly residents.”

Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A) Program

P2A is an organization that seeks to end intergenerational poverty by providing access to building trades apprenticeships that lead to solid and rewarding middle-class careers. The program powers and assists people from low-income communities including the formerly incarcerated, people on public assistance and public housing residents, access to union construction apprenticeships. P2A holds a 4-week “Direct Entry” Pre-Apprenticeship class, approved by the NYS Department of Labor, where graduates get to interview with many NYC Building Trades including the Laborers, Ironworkers, Plumbers, Painters, Electricians, and more. The state funds secured by Assemblymember Frontus will be utilized to sponsor the inaugural Coney Island class designated for low income residents.

“I fought to ensure the P2A program was funded in the budget because I know that the benefits of investing in programs that provide mentorship, education and a pathway to success for underserved communities are far-reaching and long-lasting,” said Frontus. The program’s results speak for themselves- more than 85% of graduates are still employed in the building trades and many have become P2A mentors to help others secure good-paying, middle-class jobs.1

Bay Ridge Senior Center

Since its start in 1976, the Bay Ridge Center has been working with community organizations, local businesses, schools and social services groups to offer the best programs possible to our community, including fitness and wellness programs and meal delivery. The Center offers programs for adults 60 years of age or older in southwest Brooklyn that promote their well-being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in the community.

The Bay Ridge Senior Center, Inc. spends about 90% of its revenue directly on services for the 60+ senior population in the district; and incredibly high percentage that reflects on the dollar for dollar value of the money that gets spent.2 They also delivery over 600 meals per day, seven days a week to homebound seniors through their Meals on Wheels program.

“Taking care of our elderly residents is a priority,” Frontus said. “This grant helps improve the lives of our elderly residents and it will help sustain many of the critical services the Bay Ridge center offers the Bay Ridge community and beyond.”

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1https://p2atrades.org/

2 https://brooklynreporter.com/2018/06/bay-ridge-center-relies-heavily-on-fundraising-to-help-seniors/