Department of Labor funds five Illinois YouthBuild Programs
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS $85 MILLION IN YOUTHBUILD GRANTSWASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced $85 million in grants will be awarded to YouthBuild programs in 32 states.
YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.
This set of awards mark a significant expansion of the Construction Plus model of YouthBuild, which allows grantees to offer training in locally in-demand industries beyond the required construction training, such as healthcare, information technology, hospitality and retail services, and logistics. This year’s grant awards include 65 programs that applied to offer Construction Plus training.
The grants announced today range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 81 YouthBuild programs.
The U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild program has a network of more than 200 urban and rural YouthBuild programs in 46 states. To find a YouthBuild grantee near you, please visit www.doleta.gov/youth_services/youthbuild.cfm.
The Illinois programs receiving funding in this year's competition are:
City Incite Inc. Chicago, IL $1,100,000
Community Assistance Programs, Chicago, IL $970,255
Homework Hangout Club Inc. Decatur IL $1,100,000
Spero Family Services Mt. Vernon IL $1,100,000
YBMC, Inc. d.b.a. YouthBuild McLean County, Normal IL $1,100,000