The purpose of this program is to fund organizations to provide a pre-apprenticeship program model that encompasses education, occupational skills training, leadership development, and high-quality post-program placement opportunities to opportunity youth.
YouthBuild is a community-based alternative
education program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who left high school prior to graduation that also have other risk factors, including being an adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, migrant farmworker youth, youth experiencing housing instability, and other disadvantaged youth populations.
The YouthBuild program simultaneously addresses multiple core issues important to youth in low-income communities:
affordable housing, leadership development, education, and employment opportunities in in-demand industries and apprenticeship pathways.
YouthBuild programs serve as the connection point to vital services for participants.
Key aspects of the YouthBuild service delivery model include meaningful partnership and collaboration with the public workforce development system, education and human services systems, and labor and industry partners.
DOL expects applicants funded through this solicitation to have well-established partnerships in place prior to grant award.
The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare opportunity youth for career placement.
The academic component assists youth who are often significantly behind in basic skill development in obtaining a high school diploma or state high school equivalency credential.
The occupational skills training component prepares opportunity youth for apprenticeship and other career pathways and/or further education or training.
It also supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building or significantly renovating homes for sale or rent to low- income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals.