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Department of Labor funds five Illinois YouthBuild Programs
US Department of Labor awards nearly $72 million in
68 programs across 33 states and the District of
Columbia receive funding
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced
the award of nearly $72 million in YouthBuild grants to support academic and
occupational skill training for at-risk youth.
"The YouthBuild program has demonstrated a record of elevating the
opportunities and prospects for good, middle-class jobs for thousands of young
people throughout this nation," said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris.
"These grants reflect our shared commitment to investing in the future of our
nation's youth and the belief that those investments will yield dividends for
generations to come."
The grants range from approximately $600,000 to $1.1 million each and will
fund 68 YouthBuild programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The
programs will help nearly 4,600 young people obtain the certifications and
skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs
funded today, the Labor Department now actively funds 247 YouthBuild programs
around the country.
YouthBuild is a nonresidential, community-based alternative education
program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to
at-risk individuals ages 16 to 24. The classroom training leads to a high
school diploma, general education development or other state-recognized
equivalency diploma. The occupational skills training component provides
YouthBuild participants with industry-recognized certifications in construction
or other occupations. The construction skills training component teaches
valuable skills through a program to build or rehabilitate housing for
low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.
Today's announcement marks the second competition in which YouthBuild
programs expand occupational skills training beyond construction to include
in-demand industries such as health care and information technology. This
expansion provides opportunities for youth to gain training, credentials and
skills that lead to career fulfillment for youth who have been in the juvenile
justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school,
or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational and career
Leadership development and community service are also key elements of the
YouthBuild program, helping to to ensure that the participants maintain a
connection to their communities through service and volunteerism.
For more information about the Department of Labor's YouthBuild program,