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U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) receives an annual appropriation from Congress for the federal YouthBuild program, which is administered by the Division of Youth Services within the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Workforce Investment.

DOL funding helps opportunity youth reach key educational and career milestones to become successful in the workplace and become leaders in their communities. All local nonprofit and public entities are eligible to apply for the DOL YouthBuild grant.

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YouthBuild USA’s Work with the Department of Labor

YouthBuild USA is the technical assistance provider for the Department of Labor YouthBuild grant and provides actively funded grantees with comprehensive support to successfully implement the YouthBuild program.

YouthBuild USA does not directly run any local programs nor does it participate in the selection of DOL YouthBuild grantees.

Our History

YouthBuild was first authorized as a federal program in 1992 under Subtitle D of Title IV of the Cranston-Gonzalez national Affordable Housing Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was then transferred to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006 and was reauthorized within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed in 2014. WIOA designated YouthBuild as a pre-apprenticeship program model.

The Construction Plus Model

YouthBuild USA programs are encouraged to develop occupational skills training in other in-demand industries in addition to construction skills training. This expansion into additional in-demand industries is referred to as the Construction Plus component and is a focus of the current administration.

The Construction Plus model allows YouthBuild grantees to use DOL grant funds for training in additional in-demand industries to attain industry-recognized certifications, hands-on work experience in the industry setting, and direct entry into apprenticeships or direct hiring into these industries. Since Construction Plus began in 2012, YouthBuild grantees have used DOL funds to provide training in diverse industries and occupations, including healthcare, information technology, hospitality, and retail services.

Celebrating Women in the Workforce

YouthBuild USA produced a “Women of YouthBuild” video to celebrate the many ways YouthBuild uniquely champions women in their career pathway journeys. This video was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. It features female staff members, current participants, and alumnae from U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild programs across the country. Their first-hand experiences in construction, Construction Plus, and other in-demand pathways are a powerful reminder of the impact women have on our workforce each day — and how YouthBuild partners with them on their journeys to professional and personal success.

YouthBuild USA also produced short video vignettes that feature Charmaine Davis, southeast regional administrator at the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, and four women of YouthBuild. These vignettes bring further awareness to the incredible work that YouthBuild programs are doing to support young women as they reclaim their education, gain job skills, and become leaders in their communities.

Women of YouthBuild: How YouthBuild Uniquely Champions Women

Women from U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild programs — including staff, current participants, and alumnae — share how YouthBuild has impacted their career pathway journeys. YouthBuild uniquely champions women through career exploration, partnerships, support, mentoring, leadership, and education.

This video was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.