US Department of Labor Awards Nearly $72 Million in YouthBuild Grants

U.S Department of Labor 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $72 million in YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth.

“The YouthBuild program has demonstrated a record of elevating the opportunities and prospects for good, middle-class jobs for thousands of young people throughout this nation,” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “These grants reflect our shared commitment to investing in the future of our nation’s youth and the belief that those investments will yield dividends for generations to come.”

The grants range from approximately $600,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 68 YouthBuild programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The programs will help nearly 4,600 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs funded today, the Labor Department now actively funds 247 YouthBuild programs around the country.

YouthBuild is a nonresidential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to at-risk individuals ages 16 to 24. The classroom training leads to a high school diploma, general education development or other state-recognized equivalency diploma. The occupational skills training component provides YouthBuild participants with industry-recognized certifications in construction or other occupations. The construction skills training component teaches valuable skills through a program to build or rehabilitate housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

Today’s announcement marks the second competition in which YouthBuild programs expand occupational skills training beyond construction to include in-demand industries such as health care and information technology. This expansion provides opportunities for youth to gain training, credentials and skills that lead to career fulfillment for youth who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational and career milestones.

Leadership development and community service are also key elements of the YouthBuild program, helping to to ensure that the participants maintain a connection to their communities through service and volunteerism.

For more information about the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, visit http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/youthbuild.cfm

A list of grantees, their locations and award amounts follows:

2013 YouthBuild Grant Awards

Grantee

City

State

Amount

Anew Life Youth Development Corporation Gary

Ind.

$1,041,983

Bethany Christian Services Grand Rapids

Mich.

$1,100,000

Bi-County Community Action Programs Inc. Bemidji

Minn.

$864,000

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation Columbus

Ohio

$1,100,000

Career Training Institute Helena

Mont.

$1,043,890

Central States SER-Jobs for Progress Inc. Chicago

Ill.

$1,100,000

Chico Unified School District Chico

Calif.

$1,079,990

Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board Inc Ocala

Fla.

$1,082,975

City and County of Honolulu Department of Community Service Honolulu

Hawaii

$1,100,000

City of Phoenix Phoenix

Ariz.

$1,100,000

Coalition for Responsible Community Development Los Angeles

Calif.

$1,100,000

Community Services & Employment Training Inc. Visalia

Calif.

$1,070,512

Community Youth Services Olympia

Wash.

$1,100,000

Comprehensive Community Solutions Inc. Rockford

Ill.

$1,100,000

Connection Training Services Philadelphia

Pa.

$1,100,000

Crispus Attucks Association York

Pa.

$1,100,000

Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services St. Paul

Minn.

$768,000

Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny

Iowa

$809,582

Easter Seals TriState LLC Cincinnati

Ohio

$1,090,564

Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Fresno

Calif.

$1,100,000

Goodwill Industries Inc. Omaha

Neb.

$968,630

Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc. Johnstown

Pa.

$864,000

Guidestone Berea

Ohio

$1,100,000

Homework Hangout Club Inc. Decatur

Ill.

$1,072,114

Housing Authority of Baltimore City Baltimore

Md.

$1,050,160

Isles Inc. Trenton

N.J.

$1,099,643

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Lac du Flambeau

Wis.

$1,096,370

Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Public Charter School Washington

D.C.

$1,100,000

LearningWorks – YouthBuild Bayside Portland

Maine

$975,000

Lumber River Council of Governments Pembroke

N.C.

$1,100,000

Metro Community Development Inc. Flint

Mich.

$1,100,000

Mohawk Valley Community College Utica

N.Y.

$970,891

NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 Spokane

Wash.

$1,100,000

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington Yakima

Wash.

$1,100,000

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Clark County Inc. Springfield

Ohio

$1,076,000

Parent Child Center St. Louis

Mo.

$1,098,000

Parish of Rapides Police Jury Alexandria

La.

$651,845

Philadelphia Youth for Change Charter School Philadelphia

Pa.

$1,100,000

Portable Practical Educational Preparation Tucson

Ariz.

$1,070,512

Portland YouthBuilders Portland

Ore.

$1,100,000

Quad Area Community Action Agency Inc. Hammond

La.

$1,100,000

Relief International YouthBuild Boyle Heights Los Angeles

Calif.

$1,100,000

SA Youth San Antonio

Texas

$1,100,000

San Joaquin County Office of Education Stockton

Calif.

$1,100,000

SER – Jobs For Progress Houston

Texas

$1,097,211

SER Metro-Detroit Jobs for Progress Inc. Detroit

Mich.

$1,100,000

Tacoma Goodwill Industries Tacoma

Wash.

$1,100,000

The Children`s Cabinet Reno

Nev.

$1,079,584

The Providence Plan Providence

R.I.

$1,100,000

The Service Collaborative of WNY Inc. Buffalo

N.Y.

$1,100,000

Total Action Against Poverty in the Roanoke Valley Roanoke

Va.

$933,035

Training Resources of America Inc. Worcester

Mass.

$1,070,512

Tree Trust St. Louis Park

Minn.

$900,000

United Way of Wyandotte County Inc. Kansas City

Kan.

$1,100,000

Urban League of Rochester NY Inc. Rochester

N.Y.

$1,100,000

Venice Community Housing Corporation Venice

Calif.

$1,100,000

WIN/City of Memphis Memphis

Tenn.

$1,100,000

workforceCONNECTIONS Las Vegas

Nev.

$1,100,000

WorkNet Pinellas Inc. Clearwater

Fla.

$1,099,993

Year One dba Mile High Youth Corps Denver

Colo.

$1,019,361

Young Adult Development in Action Inc./YBLouisville Louisville

Ky.

$1,100,000

Youth Build Lake County North Chicago

Ill.

$1,100,000

Youth Conservation Corps Waukegan

Ill.

$1,100,000

Youth Over Us Inc. Columbus

Ohio

$1,100,000

Youth Policy Institute Los Angeles

Calif.

$1,100,000

YouthBuild Newark Inc. Newark

N.J.

$1,100,000

Youthworks Santa Fe

N.M.

$1,013,846

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Harrisburg

Pa.

$899,574

Total

$71,757,777