Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp. recently teamed up with Juma Ventures, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that runs two-week programs for first-generation college freshmen and high-school seniors. Juma teaches soft skills, then places participants in six-week internship programs in New York manufacturing companies. The program, called YouthMade, pays the interns. Architectural Grille, a Brooklyn manufacturing company with $5 million in annual revenue, took on two pairs of interns from YouthMade for six-week stints this summer in the assembly, finishing and customer-service departments. “What really impressed me was the work readiness,” said Special Projects Manager Fred D’Antoni. “They were really polished for people their age.”

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