Building the Future of Construction Via YouthBuild Grants


Building the Future of Construction Via YouthBuild Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $73,654,300 in YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth.

“YouthBuild offers thousands of young people the tools, resources and opportunities they need to punch their ticket to the middle class,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These federal grants are part of our broader effort to invest in the future of our nation’s youth and help them climb the ladder of opportunity.”

The grants range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 71 YouthBuild programs across 31 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They will help approximately 4,800 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs receiving funding today, the Labor Department now actively funds 322 YouthBuild programs around the country.

The YouthBuild program aligns with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and job-driven training agenda by promoting a “stepping stone” approach that provides a seamless progression from education to work-based training and results in good paying jobs for young adults. The community-based nature of these grants ensures that services are provided where they are needed most and are intended to reach the hardest to serve youth.

YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to youth ages 16 to 24 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 milestones.

The classroom training component 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 in-demand occupations, such as health care and information technology. Leadership development and community service are also key elements of the YouthBuild program, helping to ensure that participants maintain a connection to their communities through public service and volunteerism.

For more information about the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, visit

A list of all grantees, their locations and award amounts follows:

Grantee City State Funding
Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc. Greensboro Ala. $938,714
Little Rock Workforce Investment Board Little Rock Ark. $720,000
Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc. San Diego Calif. $1,100,000
Antelope Valley Partners for Health Lancaster Calif. $1,100,000
Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice, and Action Inc. Los Angeles Calif. $1,100,000
South Bay Workforce Investment Board Inc. Hawthorne Calif. $1,100,000
Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles Los Angeles Calif. $1,100,000
Colorado Construction Institute Denver Colo. $1,100,000
Capital Workforce Partners Hartford Conn. $1,100,000
Community Renewal Team Inc. Hartford Conn. $1,100,000
Sasha Bruce Youthwork Inc. Washington D.C. $1,099,324
Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Fla. $960,836
Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation Inc. Gainesville Fla. $1,100,000
Greater Miami Service Corps Miami Fla. $1,100,000
Housing Authority of Lakeland Lakeland Fla. $974,124
City of Atlanta-Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Atlanta Ga. $1,100,000
City of Savannah GA Savannah Ga. $936,000
Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone Inc. Vienna Ga. $1,100,000
Urban League of Greater Atlanta Inc. Atlanta Ga. $1,100,000
Community Council of Idaho Inc. Caldwell Idaho $900,000
Emerson Park Development Corp. East St. Louis Ill. $1,100,000
United Methodist Children’s Home Mt. Vernon Ill. $1,100,000
YouthBuild McLean County Normal Ill. $1,100,000
Indianapolis Private Industry Council d/b/a EmployIndy Indianapolis Ind. $1,100,000
Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Inc. Hazard Ky. $1,100,000
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Covington Ky. $1,097,653
Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa La. $948,905
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport La. $1,075,000
St. James Parish Government/Department of Human Resources Convent La. $900,000
Community Teamwork Inc. Lowell Mass. $1,067,145
Just-A-Start Corp. Cambridge Mass. $1,100,000
Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund Inc. Lawrence Mass. $1,100,000
North Shore Community Development Coalition Salem Mass. $1,100,000
Old Colony YMCA Brockton Mass. $1,100,000
SVRC Industries Inc. Saginaw Mich. $1,015,000
Guadalupe Alternative Programs Saint Paul Minn. $768,000
CLIMB Community Development Corp. Gulfport Miss. $1,099,985
Mississippi Action for Community Education Inc. Greenville Miss. $1,077,266
West Jackson Community Development Corp. Jackson Miss. $1,100,000
Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City Mo. $1,100,000
Job Point Columbia Mo. $1,100,000
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment St. Louis Mo. $1,098,580
River City Community Development Corp. Elizabeth City N.C. $1,100,000
Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. $967,200
Housing Authority of the City of Camden Camden N.J. $1,100,000
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe N.M. $1,099,944
Youth Development Inc. Albuquerque N.M. $1,100,000
Commission on Economic Opportunity Troy N.Y. $782,502
United Way of Long Island Inc. Deer Park N.Y. $1,100,000
YMCA of Greater New York New York N.Y. $1,097,249
County Corp. Dayton Ohio $1,099,999
Project REBUILD Inc. Canton Ohio $954,780
Sojourners Care Network McArthur Ohio $1,100,000
Community Development Support Assn. Inc. Enid Okla. $929,035
Heart of Oregon Corps Inc. Bend Ore. $1,100,000
Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board Youngwood Pa. $822,673
American YouthWorks Austin Texas $1,099,948
Community Development Corp. of Brownsville Brownsville Texas $711,226
George Gervin Youth Center Inc. San Antonio Texas $1,100,000
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Ogden Utah $1,092,673
Virgin Islands Housing Authority St. Thomas US Virgin Islands $1,100,000
International Relief & Development Inc. Arlington Va. $1,099,742
Pathways-VA Inc. Petersburg Va. $1,100,000
Shalom Homes Inc. Petersburg Va. $1,100,000
Randolph County Housing Authority Elkins W.Va. $1,060,419
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council Vancouver Wash. $1,100,000
YouthCare Seattle Wash. $1,079,724
CAP Services Inc. Stevens Point Wis. $704,200
Community Action Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties Beloit Wis. $720,000
Milwaukee Area Technical College District Milwaukee Wis. $1,089,254
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board Inc. Milwaukee Wis. $967,200
Total $73,654,300