Department of Labor Awards $30 Million to YouthBuild Programs to Prepare Young People for Jobs

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The United States Department of Labor recently awarded $30.6 million to its YouthBuild programs. Those funds will be shared by 31 programs in 20 states to prepare youth for jobs through construction training, and high school completion and Ge

neral Educational Development programs.

“YouthBuild is a triple win for the young people who participate in the program, the local communities that benefit from their efforts and our nation as a whole,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in the news release announcing the award. “YouthBuild helps young people who might otherwise slip through the cracks gain the educational and occupational skills that are necessary for a successful future. At the same time, these youngsters make valuable contributions to their neighborhoods through community service projects and the construction or renovation of affordable housing.”

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will receive $1 million of the total awarded for its Red Lake YouthBuild program, which will help participants get their high school diplomas or a GED and gain construction and work readiness skills. The training will be provided by the Northwest Technical College Construction Program—participants will earn college credits toward degrees. One of the certificates they will complete is the National Center for Construction Education and Research. As part of the program participants will build two low-income houses through the Red Lake Housing Authority, and rehabilitate two substandard dwellings.

Since the Labor Department began YouthBuild in 2006, more than 13,000 youth have taken part in programs in 44 states. According to the press release, “YouthBuild participants include individuals who have been in the juvenile justice system, youth aging out of foster care, high school dropouts and others. In addition to receiving academic and occupational skills training, young people develop leadership skills and participate in community service opportunities.”

Below is a list of all programs awarded part of the $30.6 million.

YouthBuild Grantee

City

State

Amount

Little Rock Workforce Investment Board

Little Rock

Ark.

1,073,782

Black Contractors Association of San Diego Inc.

San Diego

Calif.

1,099,968

Rancho Cielo Youth Campus Inc.

Salinas

Calif.

1,099,977

Venice Community Housing Corp.

Venice

Calif.

1,100,000

Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles

Los Angeles

Calif.

1,100,000

Yuba County Office of Education

Marysville

Calif.

998,108

Big Bend Jobs & Education Council Inc.

Tallahassee

Fla.

1,047,235

Community Council of Idaho Inc.

Caldwell

Idaho

720,000

Central States SER - Jobs for Progress Inc.

Chicago

Ill.

1,099,300

Prologue

Chicago

Ill.

732,244

Youth Conservation Corps

Waukegan

Ill.

1,100,000

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Inc.

Covington

Ky.

1,085,630

Just-A-Start Corp.

Cambridge

Mass.

1,100,000

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Inc.

Grand Rapids

Mich.

1,047,494

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Red Lake

Minn.

1,008,000

West Jackson Community Development Corp.

Jackson

Miss.

1,100,000

Carpenters Joint Training Fund of St. Louis

St. Louis

Mo.

1,089,000

Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City

Mo.

1,100,000

Career Training Institute

Helena

Mont.

1,012,000

Smart Choices for Youth Inc.

Wilson

N.C.

875,000

HELP - New Mexico Inc.

Albuquerque

N.M.

720,000

YouthWorks

Santa Fe

N.M.

935,454

YMCA of Greater New York

New York

N.Y.

1,100,000

Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board

Youngwood

Pa.

822,673

Benedict-Allen Community Development Corp.

Columbia

S.C.

700,000

BCFS Health and Human Services

San Antonio

Texas

881,843

Community Development Corporation of Brownsville

Brownsville

Texas

704,000

George Gervin Youth Center Inc.

San Antonio

Texas

1,100,000

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College

Ogden

Utah

1,095,006

Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board

Warsaw

Va.

1,069,996

Total Action Against Poverty in the Roanoke Valley

Roanoke

Va.

979,933

TOTAL

30,696,643