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ETA News Release: [05/17/2011]
Contact Name: David Roberts or Bennett Gamble
Phone Number: (202) 693-5945 or x4667
Release Number: 11-0737-NAT

US Labor Department awards $75.8 million for 76 YouthBuild programs nationwide

36 states, District of Columbia, US Virgin Islands receiving funding

WASHINGTON — From an event at a YouthBuild facility in Chicago, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced grants totaling $75,848,000 from fiscal year 2011 appropriations to fund 76 YouthBuild programs in 36 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Of that amount, $75,411,688 represents total funding for 74 programs. The remaining amount supplements awards for two programs partially funded earlier this year from fiscal year 2010 appropriations.

"Every day in America, 7,000 students drop out of high school. Our nation cannot afford to lose these young people," said Secretary Solis. "YouthBuild provides an important second chance to earn an education while also developing valuable skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

YouthBuild is an alternative education program that offers individuals ages 16-24 training and practical experience for "in-demand" industry careers. Participants, who also earn high school diplomas or GED certificates through the program, have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, are high school dropouts, and are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational milestones and opportunities that lead to career fulfillment. In addition to receiving academic and occupational skills training, participants develop leadership skills and contribute community service. The Labor Department has administered the YouthBuild program since 2006, awarding its first grants in 2007. In that time, more than 16,000 youth have been served by YouthBuild programs nationwide.

The two previously funded programs now receiving supplemental funding are Prologue in Chicago and BCFS Health and Human Services in San Antonio.

For more information on YouthBuild and other Labor Department youth employment programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services.

Editor's note: A list of grantees and award amounts follows this news release.




Program Year 2011YouthBuild Awards

Organization Name

City

State

Amount

City of Phoenix

Phoenix

Ariz.

1,100,000

Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.

San Diego

Calif.

1,100,000

Sacramento Local Conservation Corps

Sacramento

Calif.

1,100,000

San Gabriel Valley Conservation and Service Corps

El Monte

Calif.

1,099,946

San Joaquin County Office of Education

Stockton

Calif.

1,100,000

The Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee Project

Chula Vista

Calif.

1,100,000

The San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council

San Diego

Calif.

1,100,000

Year One doing business as Mile High Youth Corps

Denver

Colo.

1,057,652

Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Public Charter School (Columbia Heights)

Washington

DC

1,100,000

Lakeland Housing Authority

Lakeland

Fla.

997,492

Prevention PLUS Inc.

Forest Park

Ga.

1,020,000

Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone

Vienna

Ga.

1,100,000

Department of Community Services

Honolulu

Hawaii

1,100,000

Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny

Iowa

787,575

Comprehensive Community Solutions Inc.

Rockford

Ill.

1,099,981

Emerson Park Development Corp.

East St. Louis

Ill.

1,100,000

OAI Inc.

Chicago

Ill.

1,100,000

Prologue *

Chicago

Ill.

218,156

United Methodist Children`s Home

Mt. Vernon

Ill.

1,099,663

YouthBuild Lake County Inc.

North Chicago

Ill.

1,100,000

United Way of Wyandotte County. Inc.

Kansas City

Kan.

1,100,000

Young Adult Development in Action Inc. doing business as YouthBuild Hazard

Jackson

Ky.

700,000

Young Adult Development in Action Inc./YouthBuild Louisville

Louisville

Ky.

1,100,000

East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority

Baton Rouge

La.

1,037,807

Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah Campus

Tallulah

La.

780,000

Northshore Technical College - Sullivan Campus

Bogalusa

La.

911,184

Quad Area Community Action Agency Inc.

Hammond

La.

1,100,000

St. James Parish Government/ Department of Human Resources

Convent

La.

900,000

The Hope Center Inc.

Gretna

La.

1,100,000

Training Resources of America Inc. (Quincy YouthBuild)

Worcester

Mass.

808,200

LearningWorks

Portland

Maine

1,080,000

Community Action Agency

Jackson

Mich.

755,004

Metro Community Development Inc.

Flint

Mich.

1,092,080

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

Traverse City

Mich.

1,100,000

SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress Inc.

Detroit

Mich.

1,100,000

Bi-County Community Action Programs Inc.

Bemidji

Minn.

791,200

Tree Trust

St. Paul

Minn.

772,869

Job Point

Columbia

Mo.

1,100,000

Mississippi Action for Community Education Inc.

Greenville

Miss.

933,504

YouthBuild Gulf Coast Inc.

Biloxi

Miss.

1,100,000

Montana State University - Northern

Havre

Mont.

1,100,000

Workforce Connections

Las Vegas

NV

1,100,000

YouthBuild Newark, Inc.

Newark

N.J.

1,100,000

Tohatchi Area of Opportunity & Services Inc.

Tohatchi

N.M.

1,100,000

Abyssinian Development Corp.

New York

N.Y.

1,100,000

Nubian Directions II Inc.

Poughkeepsie

N.Y.

1,100,000

United Way of Long Island Inc.

Deer Park

N.Y.

1,100,000

Western New York AmeriCorps Fund

Buffalo

N.Y.

1,087,820

Youth Action Programs and Homes Inc.

New York

N.Y.

1,086,000

Housing Authority of the City of Wilmington, N.C.

Wilmington

N.C.

800,000

River City Community Development Corp.

Elizabeth City

N.C.

1,050,000

Buckeye Community Hope Foundation

Columbus

Ohio

1,100,000

Youth Over Us Inc.

Columbus

Ohio

1,100,000

Community Development Support Association Inc.

Enid

Okla.

900,000

Little Dixie Community Action Agency Inc. (Choctaw County)

Hugo

Okla.

687,693

Portland YouthBuilders

Portland

Ore.

1,100,000

Connection Training Services

Philadelphia

Pa.

1,080,000

Philadelphia Youth for Change Charter School

Philadelphia

Pa.

1,100,000

The Providence Plan

Providence

R.I.

1,100,000

Lancaster County School District

Lancaster

S.C.

826,278

Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Inc.

Morristown

Tenn.

855,275

American YouthWorks

Austin

Texas

1,099,476

BCFS Health and Human Services *

San Antonio

Texas

218,156

International Relief & Development Inc.
(YouthBuild III)

Arlington

Va.

1,098,366

Virgin Islands Housing Authority

St. Thomas

Virgin Islands

750,143

ReSOURCE A Nonprofit Community Enterprise Inc.

Burlington

Vt.

1,024,000

Community Youth Services

Olympia

Wash.

1,080,000

Lummi Nation Housing Authority

Bellingham

Wash.

1,098,000

NorthEast Washington Educational Service
District 101

Spokane

Wash.

1,088,076

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington

Yakima

Wash.

1,100,000

Tacoma Goodwill

Tacoma

Wash.

1,100,000

Workforce Development Council Snohomish County

Everett

Wash.

798,680

YouthCare

Seattle

Wash.

1,073,819

Indianhead Community Action Agency Inc.

Ladysmith

Wis.

1,100,000

Southern Appalachian Labor School

Kincaid

W.Va.

999,525

The Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority

Huntington

W.Va.

704,380

Total = $75,848,000

* Funding awarded to fully fund a program year 2010 grantee