WASHINGTON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
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.
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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
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