WASHINGTON – To continue to expand Registered Apprenticeships, prepare young workers for good quality jobs and strengthen the nation’s workforce to meet industry demands, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $90 million in grants to 68 organizations in 32 states to provide training and employment services.
Ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million each, the awards’ announcement follows the department announcement of the availability of YouthBuild grants in November 2022. The grants will support pre-apprenticeships that will educate and train young people, from ages 16 to 24, who are neither enrolled in school nor in the labor market for jobs in high-demand industries. These industries include the construction industry, for which YouthBuild grants will help deliver education and training to enable students to use their abilities to build or rehabilitate affordable housing in their communities for low-income or unhoused families.
“The YouthBuild grants we’re announcing today will strengthen the nation’s workforce. They will also make sure young people have access to the training and skills they need for good quality jobs, made possible by the historic investments by Biden-Harris’ administration to rebuild our nation,” explained Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Brent Parton. “These investments will also help meet the demands of employers in high-demand industries as they seek to expand their workforces.”
Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, and supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, YouthBuild grants support a pre-apprenticeship model that provides
disadvantaged young people with occupational skills training, employment services and educational guidance, with emphasis on green building techniques, including understanding sustainable building materials, solar panel installation, weatherization processes and the use of Energy Star appliances.
YouthBuild participants will divide their time between classroom instruction – where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree – and workplace training to prepare for postsecondary opportunities. The grants will also enable young people to train for careers in healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and logistics, culinary arts and hospitality.
In August 2022, the department added the YouthBuild program to the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to ensure that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are overburdened by pollution.
Learn more about the YouthBuild program.
The list of YouthBuild grant recipients and funds awarded follows this release.
Housing Authority of the City of Opelika
Yukon Koyukuk School District
Cossatot Community College, University of Arkansas
City of Anaheim
Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission
Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice and Action
Rising Stars Business Academy
Riverside County Office of Education
San Joaquin County Office of Education
Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation Inc.
Greater Miami Service Corps
Palm Beach County Housing Authority
West Palm Beach
Winter Haven Housing Authority
Albany Housing Authority
Northwest Georgia Housing Authority
Metropolitan Family Services
Homework Hangout Club Inc.
The Housing Authority of Elgin
Peoria Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Evansville
Des Moines Area Community College
Manhattan Housing Authority
Civic Works Inc.
Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas Inc.
Rockville Housing Enterprises
North Shore Community Development Coalition Inc.
Southwest Economic Solutions Corporation
Charles Stewart Mott Community College
Goodwill Industries Inc.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri
Chicanos Por La Causa Nevada Inc.
The Children’s Cabinet Inc.
United Community Corp.
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Inc.
Rural Ulster Preservation Company Inc.
Research Foundation, CUNY-Manhattan Community College
Youth Action Programs and Homes Inc.
Social Enterprise and Training Center Inc.
Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties
Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity Inc.
Central Carolina Community College
YouthBuild Columbus Community School
Youth Over Us Inc.
Community Development Support Association Inc.
Heart of Oregon Corps Inc.
Garfield Jubilee Association
Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Community Development Corporation of Brownsville
SER-Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc.
Pharr Housing Authority
Ogden-Weber Technical College
West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Inc.
Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington
Elkhorn Area School District
Employ Milwaukee Inc.