Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces $75.7 million in YouthBuild grants for programs nationwide

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced more than $75 million in YouthBuild grants to help out-of-school youth earn a high school or General Educational Development diploma while learning critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology and other fields.

"YouthBuild offers young people the opportunity to earn academic and industry-recognized credentials, practice the skills they'll need to succeed at work, and experience what it means to contribute to their own success and that of their communities," said Secretary Solis.

The grants range from $700,000 to $1.1 million each and together will fund 74 YouthBuild programs in 28 states and the District of Columbia. They will help nearly 5,000 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Including today's grantees, the Labor Department now actively funds 127 YouthBuild programs around the country.

The YouthBuild grants announced today are the first awarded under new program regulations published in February 2012, which expand occupational skills training beyond construction to include fast-growing industries such as health care and information technology. The construction skills training programs funded teach valuable skills to participants who build or rehabilitate housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. The non-construction skills training programs funded include leadership development and community service elements to ensure that youth maintain a connection to their communities through service and volunteerism.

YouthBuild is a nonresidential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to at-risk individuals ages 16-24. Many participants 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 milestones and opportunities that lead to career fulfillment.

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2012 YouthBuild Grantees

Name City
Antelope Valley YouthBuild Palmdale, CA
Beloit Fresh Start Beloit, WI
Benton Harbor YouthBuild Benton Harbor, MI
Blackstone Valley Community Action YouthBuild Pawtucket, RI
Building Futures YouthBuild Godfrey, IL
Building Opportunities LaCrosse, WI
Capital City YouthBuild Hartford, CT
CEO YouthBuild Troy, NY
City of Winston-Salem YouthBuild Winston-Salem, NC
Civic Works YouthBuild Baltimore, MD
CLC, Inc. YouthBuild Fort Worth, TX
County of Westchester YouthBuild White Plains, NY
D.R.E.A.M.S Youthbuild and Young Adult Training Program Brooklyn, NY
Delta Center YouthBuild Cairo, IL
EPCC YouthBuild El Paso, TX
Fulton-Atlanta YouthBuild Atlanta, GA
Garfield Jubilee Association Pittsburgh, PA
Great Falls YouthBuild Paterson, NJ
Greater Miami Service Corps Miami, FL
Heart of Oregon YouthBuild Bend, OR
Housing Authority of Spartanburg Spartanburg, SC
Housing Authority of the City of Camden Camden, NJ
HRDF-Mon Youthbuild Fairmont, WV
Kern County YouthBuild Bakersfield, CA
LA CAUSA YouthBuild Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Conservation Corps Los Angeles, CA
Luna Community College YouthBuild Las Vegas, NM
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board Milwaukee, WI
Morehead / Rowan County YouthBuild Morehead, KY
New Waverly YouthBuild New Waverly, TX
Northcentral Arkansas Development Council YouthBuild Batesville, AR
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. YouthBuild New York, NY
Operation Fresh Start YouthBuild Madison, WI
Passaic YouthBuild Paterson, NJ
Pathways YouthBuild Petersburg, VA
Peoria YouthBuild Peoria, IL
Pickens County CAC&CDC Inc. Carrollton, AL
Pinoleville Pomo Nation YouthBuild Ukiah, CA
Project REBUILD Canton, OH
Project YouthBuild Gainesville, FL
Riverside County YouthBuild Riverside, CA
Santa Fe Community College YouthBuild Santa Fe, NM
Sasha Bruce Youthbuild Washington, DC
Schenectady YouthBuild Schenectady, NY
Southern New Hampshire Services YouthBuild Manchester, NH
Space Coast Youthbuild Cocoa, FL
Sumter County YouthBuild Sumter, SC
Telamon YouthBuild Kingstree, SC
THA YouthBuild Program Tampa, FL
Ulster YMCA YouthBuild Partnership Kingston, NY
United Community Services YouthBuild Reading, PA
WSOS Community Action Commission YouthBuild Fremont, OH
Youthbuild Academy Cincinnati, OH
YouthBuild Atlanta Atlanta, GA
YouthBuild Biddeford Biddeford, ME
YouthBuild Brockton Brockton, MA
YouthBuild Building Futures Pewaukee, WI
YouthBuild Dallas Dallas, TX
YouthBuild Dayton CountyCorp Dayton, OH
YouthBuild Elizabeth Elizabeth, NJ
YouthBuild Fall River Fall River, MA
YouthBuild Humboldt Park Chicago, IL
YouthBuild Indy Indianapolis, IN
YouthBuild Lawrence AmeriCorps Lawrence, MA
YouthBuild McLean County Normal, IL
YouthBuild New Bedford New Bedford, MA
YouthBuild North Central West Virginia Elkins, WV
YouthBuild of Northeast Tennessee Elizabethton, TN
YouthBuild of Southeastern Ohio McArthur, OH
YouthBuild of the Piney Woods Lufkin, TX
YouthBuild Savannah Savannah, GA
YouthBuild Trumbull County Warren, OH
YouthBuild Yakima Valley Toppenish, WA
YWCA YouthBuild Springfield Springfield, MA