WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $43,268,819 in grants to organizations in 11 states in the initial round of grant funding to support programs that provide job training and supportive services to justice-involved young people.

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Growth Opportunities grant program provides paid work experiences to young people affected by community violence, particularly in areas of concentrated crime and poverty. The funding also supports skills training, and employment and mentorship services.

The department awarded grants to organizations in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence and crime with preventive measures and ensure solutions advance equity for underrepresented populations, Growth Opportunities grants aim to help young people increase their conflict resolution skills, identify and develop career interests, attain relevant skills and experience, and set them on a path to earn living wages and obtain high quality jobs and careers.

On March 8, 2022, the department announced available funding for this Reentry Employment Opportunities program would be awarded through two competitive rounds. Funds awarded in the second round will go primarily to grantees receiving a Reentry Employment Opportunities grant for the first time.

The list of the recipients for the first round of Growth Opportunities grants follows this news release.

Recipient

City

State

Amount

The Dannon Project

Birmingham

AL

$4,000,000

Homeboy Industries

Los Angeles

CA

$2,000,000

Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

Santa Barbara

CA

$4,000,000

Gang Alternative Inc.

Miami

FL

$2,000,000

AMIkids Inc.

Tampa

FL

$4,000,000

Siouxland Human Investment Partnership

Sioux City

IA

$1,999,992

Workforce Inc.

Indianapolis

IN

$2,000,000

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians

Ogema

MN

$1,831,342

STRIVE International Inc.

New York

NY

$4,000,000

Urban League of Rochester

Rochester

NY

$2,000,000

Family Health International

Durham

NC

$4,000,000

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Inc.

Philadelphia

PA

$4,000,000

Garfield Jubilee Association Inc.

Pittsburgh

PA

$1,562,500

SER-Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc.

Houston

TX

$1,874,985

Midwest Urban Strategies Inc.

Milwaukee

WI

$4,000,000

Total

 

 

$43,268,819

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