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ETA News Release: [06/26/2013]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x4960
Email:
Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov or Reich.Egan@dol.gov
Release Number: 13-1269-NAT

US Department of Labor awards more than $26 million in grants to help juvenile offenders prepare to enter the workforce

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded more than $26 million in grants to help improve long-term labor market prospects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The "Face Forward" grants were awarded to 28 community-based organizations to provide juvenile offenders with support services, training and skills development to help them obtain employment and overcome the stigma of a juvenile record.

"We should cultivate and encourage the enormous potential of the young people in our country, especially those who started life at a disadvantage. These grants offer young people a chance for success and the opportunity to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities," said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris.

Juvenile arrests can become a major barrier to inclusion and advancement in the workforce. To help overcome those barriers, grantees will collaborate with nonprofit legal services providers to assist in expunging the court records of juvenile offenders and/or provide diversion programs, as designated by the juvenile justice system. Grantees will also offer youth mentoring services, education and training leading to industry-recognized credentials and post-program support and follow-up services.

Eligible juvenile offenders must be between ages 16 and 24, currently reside in the geographic area to be served; have never been involved with the adult federal, state or local criminal justice systems; have never been convicted of a sex-related offense other than prostitution; and be currently involved or have been involved in the juvenile justice system, or be candidates for diversion under state guidelines for juvenile diversion programs.

Grants were awarded through a competitive process open to any nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Workforce Investment Act Section 166 in areas with high poverty and crime rates that met the requirements of the solicitation.

The grants will operate for a period of 39 months, which include six months of planning, 24 months of operation, and a minimum of nine months of post-program support and follow-up services for each participant.

For more information on the Department of Labor's Reintegration of Ex-Offender training programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov/RExO/aboutRExO.cfm.

Editor's note: A list of the grantees, their locations and award amounts follows:

Grants serving formerly incarcerated juveniles

Grantee

City

State

Amount

Alternatives For Girls

Detroit

Mich.

$1,000,000

BCFS Health and Human Services

San Antonio

Texas

$820,453

Child & Family Services of Eastern VA d/b/a The Up Center

Norfolk

Va.

$999,809

CLIMB Community Development Corporation

Gulfport

Miss.

$799,999

Colorado Judicial Department

Denver

Colo.

$999,461

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.

Rockford

Ill.

$959,896

Connection Training Services

Philadelphia

Pa.

$1,000,000

DeKalb County Government

Decatur

Ga.

$859,904

Full Employment Council, Inc.

Kansas City

Mo.

$1,000,000

Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc.

Houston

Texas

$820,453

Housing Authority of the City of Spartanburg

Spartanburg

S.C.

$999,923

Human Resource Development Foundation, Inc.

Morgantown

W.Va.

$999,996

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP)

El Centro

Calif.

$999,937

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc.

Wichita

Kan.

$999,676

Kennedy Center of Louisiana

Shreveport

La.

$996,197

Knoxville Leadership Foundation

Knoxville

Tenn.

$1,000,000

Memphis Leadership Foundation

Memphis

Tenn.

$1,000,000

Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry

San Diego

Calif.

$1,000,000

National Urban League, Inc. (Serving Ohio)

New York

N.Y.

$820,453

Pima Prevention Partnership

Tucson

Ariz.

$1,000,000

Safe Passages

Oakland

Calif.

$895,950

St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment

St. Louis

Mo.

$818,165

Tampa Bay Academy of Hope

Tampa

Fla.

$1,000,000

The Dannon Project

Birmingham

Ala.

$1,000,000

Volunteers of America Massachusetts, Inc.

Jamaica Plain

Mass.

$820,453

WestCare Wisconsin, Inc.

Milwaukee

Wis.

$1,000,000

WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.

Fremont

Ohio

$1,000,000

Youth Development, Inc.

Albuquerque

N.M.

$1,000,000

Total

 

 

$26,610,725