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Three new US/DOL/YouthBuild grants for NYC!

YouthBuild is supported by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) that provides funding for organizations to assist at-risk youth in obtaining education, employment, and leadership skills. YouthBuild grants are competitive grants awarded by the DOL to eligible organizations, such as non-profits, community-based organizations, and local governments. These grants are designed to support the implementation and operation of YouthBuild programs, which offer education, vocational training, and leadership development to young people aged 16 to 24 who have faced challenges like poverty, involvement with the justice system, or lack of educational attainment.

On April 28, the U.S. The Department of Labor announced the award of $90 million in grants to 68 YouthBuild organizations across the country to provide training and employment services. Three New York City based YouthBuild programs received new multi-year grants from the US Department of Labor (DOL) in the amount of $1.5 million each: 1) Youth Action YouthBuild (East Harlem) , 2) YouthBuild DREAMS Young Adults Academy, by way of Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Inc. and 3) YouthBuild West Harlem, by way of Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC). Previously, the Department of Labor awarded grants to two other YouthBuild programs in New York City: 1) YouthBuild IMPACT through the Central Family Life Center in Staten Island, NY and 2) YouthBuild New Settlement through New Settlement Apartments in South Bronx, NY.

Since 1992, through the Department of Labor and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, YouthBuild programs have been awarded funds through these federal grants that help ensure young people have access to the training and skills they need to attain and retain good quality jobs in high-demand industries such as construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and logistics, culinary arts and hospitality. With the support from the Department of Labor and supporters such as Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who has long been a champion of the YouthBuild movement, these YouthBuild grants will continue to help serve the Opportunity Youth we serve and strengthen this nation’s workforce.

Congratulations to the new grantees!

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