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ETA News Release: [03/01/2011]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 11-0246-NAT

US Department of Labor awards grants to YouthBuild programs to enable continued preparation of young people for good jobs

31 programs in 20 states to share more than $30 million

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of $30,696,643 for its YouthBuild programs. Funds will be shared among 31 programs that prepare out-of-school youth across the United States for careers through hands-on construction training, and high school completion and General 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," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "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 Labor Department has administered YouthBuild since 2006, awarding its first grants in 2007. In that time, more than 13,000 young people have participated in programs in 44 states and the District of Columbia. 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.

The Labor Department held a competition for applications in fall 2010. Today's grants are drawn from fiscal year 2010 funds reserved for organizations that did not receive funding in the fiscal year 2009 YouthBuild competition. Additional grants will be made available through the fiscal year 2011 appropriation pending the availability of funds.

For more information on YouthBuild and other Department of Labor youth employment programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services.

Editor's Note: A complete list of grantees and award amounts follows this release.


List of YouthBuild Grantees and Award Amounts

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