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Grants Open for Training Young Adults

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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In a move aimed at helping young adults involved in the criminal justice system to overcome barriers to employment in construction and other trades, the U.S. Labor Department is offering $30 million in grant funding.

Rural or urban organizations are invited to apply for seven grants of up to $4.5 million each, according to a March 17 announcement.

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From juvenile detention centers to job sites: Labor Department officials want to fund programs that provide skills needed to make the transition a success.

The “Reentry Demonstration Projects for Young Adults” grants allow organizations the flexibility to design programs for adults ages 18 to 24 that apply evidence-based interventions such as mentoring, career pathways, registered apprenticeships, family reunification and other promising practices with a focus on providing occupational training and credentials, the DOL said.

Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. ET April 19. For more information on how to apply, click here.

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“The guiding principle behind all of our work is that zip code should never determine destiny and no matter where you start out in life if you’re willing to work hard you should be able to reach your highest and best dreams,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a statement.

“These grants will help bring crucial training and job opportunities closer within reach of young people who—while they made mistakes in the past—deserve a second chance at a brighter and more stable economic future.”

The grants are a part of the department’s Face Forward initiative and closely align with President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program.

“With access to skills training and stable employment, young adults involved in the criminal justice system are less likely to become repeat offenders, which strengthens local economies and boosts public safety,” according to labor officials.

The Labor Department also says practices outlined in the 2014 “What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence” report highlights work and industry-based education and training are effective in assisting individuals in entering the workforce.

   

Tagged categories: Department of Labor; Labor; Worker training; Workers

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