Forty at-risk youth in Erie County are getting a hand up thanks to a $5.5 million initiative. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the money will be split between 14 programs that provide educational development and workforce training.

The Service Collaborative of WNY is the only group selected in Erie County.

They will receive $300,000 over a two-year period.

It's all in an effort to combat teens from joining gangs. 

Participants can get help with earning a high school diploma or learn skills needed for jobs.

TSC is partnering with several other area organizations to help people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are considered disadvantaged.