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Youth Programs

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) supports a wide variety of programs to ensure that all youth have the skills and training they need to successfully make the transition to adulthood and careers. These programs include:

  • Job Corps — Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Private companies, state agencies, federal agencies, and unions recruit young people to participate in Job Corps, where they can train for and be placed in jobs.
  • Youth Discretionary Grants — Discretionary grants are aimed at specific populations of at-risk youth, such as young offenders, youth living in high-poverty areas, and foster youth.
  • Youth Formula-Funded Grant Programs — These programs provide services to eligible youth, ages 14-21, in local communities. Funds are allocated to states based on the number of unemployed individuals in areas of substantial unemployment; the relative excess number of unemployed individuals in a state; and the relative number of disadvantaged youth in a state.
  • Apprenticeship — Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Applicants for apprenticeship programs must be at least 16 years old and meet the program sponsor's qualifications.

For more information about Youth Discretionary Grants and Youth Formula-Funded Grant Programs, visit ETA's Division of Youth Services page or subscribe to the Youth Resource Connections newsletter.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Youth Programs
Provides news about, and links to, the Department's youth-related programs and services.

Youth Resource Connections
This free bi-weekly subscription service from the Department's Office of Youth Services contains important announcements and information for state and local partners, coaches, and others interested in youth development.