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ETA News Release: [06/21/2012]
Contact Name: Mary Brandenberger or Jason Kuruvilla
Phone Number: (202) 693-4651 or x6587
Release Number: 12-1275-NAT

US Department of Labor awards nearly $50 million to provide training and employment services to formerly incarcerated juveniles and young adults

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded nearly $50 million in two types of grants to 25 community-based organizations that will provide job training, education and support services to youth and young adults returning from the juvenile justice system.

"These young people deserve a chance to turn their lives around," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The federal grants announced today will help vulnerable youth receive the training and support they need to gain valuable job skills and improve their long-term employment prospects."

Four grants totaling approximately $19.5 million will serve formerly incarcerated youth, ages 14 and above, in high-poverty, high-crime communities who have been involved with the juvenile justice system within the past 12 months and never have been involved in the adult criminal system. Grantees will provide education and training leading to high school diplomas and/or industry-recognized credentials for the individuals served with an emphasis on in-demand industries and occupations available within their local communities. Additionally, grantees will be required to competitively select local subgrantees to operate the program in a minimum of five high-poverty, high-crime communities across at least two states.

The remaining 21 grants total nearly $30 million and will serve individuals ages 18-21 who were involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 14 or older but were never convicted as adults under federal or state law. Through training projects, service learning opportunities and educational interventions, participants will earn high school diplomas and industry-recognized credentials.

All grants provide for up to four months of planning and a minimum of 26 months of operation. The Labor Department awarded the grants through a competitive process, open to national and regional intermediaries with experience conducting multisite projects and serving young adult offenders.

For more information on Department of Labor training programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov/RExO/aboutRExO.cfm.

Editor's note: A list of the grantees, their locations and award amounts follows this news release.

Grants serving formerly incarcerated juveniles in high-poverty, high-crime communities

Grantee

City

State

Amount

East Harlem Employment Service Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$4,960,732

National Urban League Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$5,000,000

Southwest Key Programs

Austin

Texas

$4,999,200

Spectrum Resources

Des Moines

Iowa

$4,511,773

Total

 

 

$19,471,705

Grants serving formerly incarcerated juveniles and young adults through training and service learning

Grantee

City

State

Amount

Central Wyoming College

Riverton

Wyo.

$1,273,846

City and County of Honolulu Department of Community Services

Honolulu

Hawaii

$1,500,000

City of Boston Economic Development and Industrial Corp.

Boston

Mass.

$1,500,000

CLC Inc.

Fort Worth

Texas

$1,500,000

College of Southern Maryland

La Plata

Md.

$1,500,000

Computer Mentors Group Inc.

Tampa

Fla.

$1,497,178

Fort Scott Community College Endowment Association

Fort Scott

Kan.

$1,500,000

Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission

Fresno

Calif.

$1,500,000

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Portland

Maine

$1,436,496

Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona Inc.

Tucson

Ariz.

$1,241,790

Greater West Town Community Development Project

Chicago

Ill.

$1,500,000

Human Resource Development Foundation Inc.

Morgantown

W.Va.

$1,267,796

Little Dixie Community Action Agency Inc.

Hugo

Okla.

$1,440,000

Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board

Milwaukee

Wis.

$1,500,000

National Urban League Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$1,500,000

Peckham Inc.

Lansing

Mich.

$1,145,317

People For People Inc.

Philadelphia

Pa.

$1,499,989

RESOURCE Inc.

Minneapolis

Minn.

$1,495,686

Siouxland Human Investment Partnership

Sioux City

Iowa

$1,499,996

Total Action Against Poverty in the Roanoke Valley

Roanoke

Va.

$1,241,790

YouthBuild Newark Inc.

Newark

N.J.

$1,440,000

Total

 

 

$29,979,884