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$59M in grants will improve employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated adults and youth

Effort continues to create opportunity, strengthen economies and support public safety

WASHINGTON — With access to good jobs and stable employment, adults and youth involved in criminal justice system are less likely to become repeat offenders which strengthens local economies and boosts public safety. However, rehabilitation becomes more difficult when a criminal record impedes the search for employment.

To overcome this dilemma, the U.S. Department of Labor is awarding $59 million to non-profit organizations to develop or expand programs to improve the employment opportunities for adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system. The funds will support programs that offer a range of services that include case management, mentoring, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials.

"A good job gives a person a sense of dignity and purpose, and creates a path to the middle class. Returning citizens deserve a second chance and an opportunity to find a good job," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "Expanding opportunity is not just the right thing to do; it's an economic imperative. America is at its best when everyone shares its prosperity. The grants we are announcing today can help make that possible."

The department is awarding the grants through two of its programs for those involved in the criminal justice system. The first, its youth-focused "Face Forward" program will fund fifteen grants totaling $31.5 million. Face Forward combines the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies to help court-involved youth attain in-demand occupational and employment skills needed to obtain good jobs. Grantees are expected to offer a range of services, including case management with family support, mentoring, training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, and work-based learning opportunities. Funded programs will also help to address the stigma of having a juvenile record by offering services to seal juvenile records and providing opportunities to handle delinquency complaints outside of the juvenile justice system.

The remaining $27.5 million is being awarded through the "Training to Work" program which assists men and women enrolled in state or local work release programs in gaining the job skills necessary for in-demand occupations as they reintegrate back into society. Training to Work incorporates the comprehensive career pathways model which align education and training services to enable workers to attain industry-recognized credentials and find jobs.

Both grant programs target communities with high poverty and high crime rates, as well as areas designated as "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Promise Zones partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality and affordable housing, and improve public safety.

The grants awarded today build on the department's existing efforts to improve employment opportunities for individuals returning from correctional facilities, including $10M to fund pilot projects in 20 communities to develop American Job Centers in county and local jails to prepare inmates for successful careers upon release. In April, the department announced a $12 million grant to expand the successful National Guard Youth and Job Challenge program to enroll court-involved youth in job training and work-based learning programs.

For more information about these programs, please visit http://www.doleta.gov/REO/.

Editor's Note: A list of grantees follows this release.

Face Forward Grantees

Intermediary Applicants

Grantee

City

State

Award

Institute for Educational Leadership Inc.

Washington

D.C.

$4,999,551

AMIkids Inc.

Tampa

Fla.

$5,000,000

National Urban League Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$5,000,000

East Harlem Employment Service Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$5,000,000

Total

$19,999,551

Community Applicants

Grantee

City

State

Award

The Dannon Project

Birmingham

Ala.

$1,050,000

Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona Inc.

Tucson

Ariz.

$1,050,000

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program

El Centro

Calif.

$1,019,000

The Youth Employment Partnership Inc.

Oakland

Calif.

$1,050,000

Youth Policy Institute

Los Angeles

Calif.

$1,050,000

The WorkPlace

Bridgeport

Conn.

$1,048,235

Siouxland Human Investment Partnership

Sioux City

Iowa

$1,049,998

First Coast Workforce Development Inc.

Fleming Island

Fla.

$1,050,000

Urban League of Rochester, NY Inc.

Rochester

N.Y.

$1,050,000

Oasis Center Inc.

Nashville

Tenn.

$1,050,000

Total Action Against Poverty in Roanoke Valley Inc.

Roanoke

Va.

$1,050,000

Total

$11,517,233

Training to Work Grantees

Grantee

City

State

Award

The Dannon Project

Birmingham

Ala.

$1,360,000

Friends Outside in Los Angeles County, Inc.

Pasadena

Calif.

$1,360,000

Goodwill of Santa Clara County

San Jose

Calif.

$1,137,655

Homeboy Industries

Los Angeles

Calif.

$1,162,737

The WorkPlace, Inc.

Bridgeport

Conn.

$1,359,845

Operation New Hope, Inc.

Jacksonville

Fla.

$1,137,655

Goodwill Industries of the Heartland

Iowa City

Iowa

$1,277,302

Centerstone of Illinois, Inc.

West Frankfort

Ill.

$1,360,000

Workforce, Inc.

Indianapolis

Ind.

$1,359,726

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana

New Orleans

La.

$1,360,000

Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Saint Paul

Minn.

$1,080,000

Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow

Las Vegas

Nev.

$1,360,000

National Urban League, Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$1,360,000

Structured Employment Economic Development Corp

New York

N.Y.

$1,360,000

Alvis, Inc. dba Alvis House

Columbus

Ohio

$1,360,000

Metropolitan Community Services, Inc.

Columbus

Ohio

$1,358,829

Its My Community Initiative, Inc.

Oklahoma City

Okla

$1,360,000

Connection Training Services

Philadelphia

Pa.

$1,360,000

PathStone Corporation

Harrisburg

Pa.

$1,360,000

Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

San Antonio

Texas

$1,360,000

Total Action Against Poverty in the Roanoke Valley

Roanoke

Va.

$1,352,863

Total

$27,546,612

Agency
Employment & Training Administration
Date
June 25, 2015
Release Number
15-1264-NAT
Contact: Jason Kuruvilla
Phone Number
Contact: David Roberts
Phone Number