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US Department of Labor awards $11.7M to help organizations prepare young people for the workforce in underserved communities

Growth Opportunities grants will fund intermediaries in Georgia, New York, Ohio

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $11.7 million in grants to three organizations to support programs that help youth and young adults in communities affected by violence and poverty to prepare for career success in the labor market.

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, these Growth Opportunities Intermediary grants focus on teenagers from 15 to 18 years old and young adults from 18 to 24 years old who are affected by community violence and poverty. Funding supports local organizations that provide occupational training and jobs to prepare these young people for workplace success. The grants will also help the organizations offer supportive services, including leadership development, mentoring and conflict-resolution skills.

Through these grants, recipients will replicate best practices and offer administrative and fiscal support or management to help grantees provide equitable access to foundational skills and job opportunities for young people in underserved communities.

The department awarded Growth Opportunities grants to the following recipients:





Metro Community Ministries Inc.

College Park



Local Initiatives Support Corp.

New York



Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates




Total Awarded


Employment and Training Administration
June 29, 2023
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Media Contact: Monica Vereen
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