YouthBuild USA Awarded $10 Million Grant from Dept. of Labor

On June 18, YouthBuild USA, founded by Skoll social entrepreneur Dorothy Stoneman, was awarded one of two $10 million competitive national grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to prepare young adult offenders and young people without a high school diploma for employment and postsecondary education as well as to engage them in community leadership.

This grant allows YouthBuild USA to build upon the success of its earlier youthful-offender programs, as documented in the 2007 research, by Professor Mark Cohen, which shows that for every dollar invested in a court-involved YouthBuild student, there is a return to society of at least $10.90 and up to $43.80.  In this project, the program will begin inside the prison walls for incarcerated young adults.


“The grants awarded today will improve the employment prospects of disadvantaged youth, young adult offenders and high school dropouts living in high-poverty, high-crime communities,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis during the grant announcement at Sasha Bruce YouthBuild in Washington D.C. “The purpose of these grants is to prepare these individuals for employment by increasing the rate at which participants enter postsecondary education and training, and equipping them with industry-recognized job training skills.”


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