Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis

Department of Labor Awards $30 Million to YouthBuild Programs to Prepare Young People for Jobs

ICTMN Staff
3/22/11

The United States Department of Labor recently awarded $30.6 million to its YouthBuild programs. Those funds will be shared by 31 programs in 20 states to prepare youth for jobs through construction training, and high school completion and Ge

neral 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,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in the news release announcing the award. “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 Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will receive $1 million of the total awarded for its Red Lake YouthBuild program, which will help participants get their high school diplomas or a GED and gain construction and work readiness skills. The training will be provided by the Northwest Technical College Construction Program—participants will earn college credits toward degrees. One of the certificates they will complete is the National Center for Construction Education and Research. As part of the program participants will build two low-income houses through the Red Lake Housing Authority, and rehabilitate two substandard dwellings.

Since the Labor Department began YouthBuild in 2006, more than 13,000 youth have taken part in programs in 44 states. According to the press release, “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.”

Below is a list of all programs awarded part of the $30.6 million.

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

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