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News Brief

Catholic Relief Services awarded $13M to provide job training
to at-risk youth in El Salvador and Honduras

Funding Recipient: Catholic Relief Services

Total Funding: $13 million

Purpose: Implement a project to help at-risk youth in El Salvador and Honduras develop market-relevant skills and secure good employment.

Location: El Salvador and Honduras

Scope: The four-year project, called Youth Pathways-Central America, will provide training and employment services to approximately 5,100 low-income youth, ages 14 to 20, who reside in areas with high rates of violence and are at risk of becoming engaged in the worst forms of child labor. The project includes training services for approximately 1,900 of the youths' family members, as well as specialized services for returned migrant youth, including job training, links to social services, and provision of emergency shelter. The project will build partnerships with private sector stakeholders to promote youth employment, and support government and community organizations to develop effective job training models for at-risk youth.

ILAB leads the U.S. government's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. To these ends, ILAB has provided funding for 292 projects in more than 90 countries to combat the worst forms of child labor by assisting vulnerable children and their families. More information is available at www.dol.gov/ilab/.

ILAB News Brief: [09/14/2015]
Contact Name: Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-4960
Email:
reich.egan.2@dol.gov
Release Number: 15-1800-NAT