Summer youth program seeks $50K grant

By Matt Porter

December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton VINES program looks to receive a three-year $50,000 grant to fund its summer job initiative.

VINES provides 10 to 12 teens and young adults summer jobs in urban farms and city gardens..

The money would be used to hire more kids and provide supplies for the VINES program from the Federal Housing and Urban Development Program.

Youth program manager Lauren Tonti said the jobs portion of VINES is a win-win for the city.

"It's adding to a lot of beautification for the city," Tonti said. "And we're also employing our teens, some who are at risk, some of which don't have jobs, some of which need opportunities and are having trouble finding them."

Members discussed the group's work in getting back its tax exempt status.

Without it, VINES is not eligible for the grant.

It's waiting for the final step in the process.

If the board votes to approve the funds, the money awarded will be held in an escrow account until VINES finishes its tax exempt application.