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ETA News Release: [06/27/2013]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x4960
Email:
Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov or Reich.Egan.2@dol.gov
Release Number: 13-1279-NAT

US Department of Labor awards nearly $72 million in YouthBuild grants

68 programs across 33 states and the District of Columbia receive funding

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