Expanding jobs for youth

Last week the US Department of Labor announced a $20M competition: $2M each for 10 local workforce development boards to expand existing summer jobs programs into year-round employment, career pathway, and work experience programs for eligible youth.

The grants intend to strengthen alignment of partnerships under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to encourage partners to collaborate and expand their capacity to serve youth entering the workforce in their local community.

The grants will require partnerships between Local Boards and local summer employment programs, employers, local education agencies, and re-engagement centers to expand summer into year-round employment and work experience programs for eligible youth.

The competition focuses on young people, both in school and out of school (ages 16-24) who have limited or no work experience. Applications are due on March 25.

More information is HERE.