Youth Employment Grants

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Youth Employment Grants
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There are grants available for organisations to apply for to help youth find employment or prepare them for work. These grants are typically given to help communities where the youth come from low-income households and are at risk for committing crimes or dropping out of school. These grant programs allow recipients to provide the youth with educational training as well. Because these funds are grants, not grants, the money does not have to be paid back.

WIA Youth Formula-Funded Grants

Local communities can apply for grants aimed to help youth in low-income areas prepare for employment and possibly college under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. Kids ages 14 to 21 engage in activities that help them learn occupational skills while receiving educational assistance. The receiving organisation works in partnership with the WIA One-Stop Centers under the leadership of the Workforce Investment Boards in the area. Grant amounts are dispersed on a formula basis to recipients.

Prisoner Reentry Initiative

Under the Prisoner Reentry Initiative, local groups can become eligible to receive grants to provide youthful offenders or kids at risk of becoming incarcerated or dropping out of school with employment and educational opportunities. Applicants for this grant include schools, juvenile justice agencies and faith-based and community organisations (FBCOs). The goal of the initiative is to prevent youth from dropping out of school, increase employment for out-of school kids, increase their educational skills and decrease their involvement in violence and crime.


YouthBuild grants are given to local area organisations to provide disadvantaged kids with the opportunity to improve their educational skills while working in the community. Millions of dollars annually are allocated by the U.S. Department of Labor for this grant program. Youth receive educational training to prepare them for postsecondary education and develop occupational and leadership skill that will benefit them in the coming years. Some of the work these youth engage in is building affordable homes for low-income families and homeless individuals.

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