YouthBuild Funding Increased Thanks to Senator’s Advocacy
Senator Dean Heller Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Support of YouthBuild; Comprehensive Youth Employment Program Gets $5 Million Boost
April 2, 2018 — Thanks to the advocacy and leadership of Senator Dean Heller (R—NV), the Department of Labor YouthBuild grant program saw a $5 million budget increase in the FY18 budget signed by President Donald Trump on March 23. The grant funding now totals $89.534 million, a roughly 6 percent increase over last year's appropriation.
At YouthBuild programs in Nevada and across the U.S., unemployed and out-of-school young people work toward their High School Equivalency (HSE) or high school diploma, while learning career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods and engaging in community service and leadership training. Graduates leave prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeships— and as a part of a strong and supportive community.
The YouthBuild program in Nevada is part of a network of 260 programs across the country serving low-income young people ages 16 to 24. This year, YouthBuild USA is celebrating 40 years of work advancing its mission to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of young people to transform their lives and their communities. The majority of YouthBuild programs rely on funding from the Department of Labor YouthBuild grant program to run their organization.
“From Washoe to Clark, YouthBuild programs are helping to prepare young Nevadans for the workforce,” said Heller. “I’m proud to support YouthBuild, and I welcome recently signed legislation that will help ensure these programs can continue to help young adults achieve their full potential and learn the leadership skills that they need to succeed.”
“YouthBuild is a movement of ethical young leaders working to make change in their own lives and their communities, and it wouldn’t be possible without continued bipartisan support for the Department of Labor YouthBuild grant program,” said John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA. “Our comprehensive youth development model has been evaluated and tested over the past 40 years and is delivering real results. Thank you to Senator Heller for believing in the power of our young people.”
Thirty-nine members of the United States Senate signed a bipartisan letter supporting robust funding for the Department of Labor YouthBuild program for FY18. Senator Heller led this advocacy effort.
A recent study found that every $1 spent on YouthBuild results in an estimated fiscal return on investment of over $10.