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To prepare youth for the 21st century workforce, the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Youth Services coordinates youth workforce development investments.

Shared Youth Vision
A Partnership between the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labor; the U.S. Social Security Administration; and the Corporation for National and Community Service seeks to create a Collaborative Approach to Prepare Youth for Success in a Global, Demand-Driven Economy. The youth workforce investments are guided by an interagency Shared Youth Vision.

Demand-Driven Focus
To prepare youth for the 21st century workforce, WIA investments are demand-driven. A demand-driven system focuses on developing those skills regarded as essential to be successful in careers in high-growth, high-demand industries. To effectively prepare youth in the 21st century economy, close collaboration must occur with employer and educational partners. Areas of skill shortages, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields must become focal points of education and training programs. For information on what business and industries expect from a trained workforce, visit the Business Relations Group, Workforce3One, and Career Voyages. For additional information on how the public workforce system is addressing vital skill shortages, see the attached report: The STEM Workforce Challenge: The Role of the Public Workforce System in a National Solution for a Competitive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce. STEM Report

The Department of Labor began administering the YouthBuild program in September 2006, awarding 96 grants in October 2007 and an additional 11 grants in July 2008. The YouthBuild program is administered by the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Youth Services.

YouthBuild provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other postsecondary training opportunities. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement.

Multiple Education Pathways
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is providing $3,441,662 in funding to seven cities to ”blueprint” and implement a system that can reconnect youth that have dropped out of high school to a variety of  high quality, innovative multiple education pathways.  These pathways will offer alternative learning environments that engage these youth in rigorous and relevant academic studies and workforce preparation, while preparing and connecting them to post-secondary education opportunities.  Former dropout youth will then be better prepared to enter the labor market and career pathways in high growth, high demand industries.  To learn more about our efforts click here.

Youth Investments
Investments made by the Division of Youth Services are administered through Formula-Funded Grants and Discretionary Grants. To locate youth investments by state, click here.

News and Updates

News and Updates Archive
Created: September 25, 2008
Updated: January 13, 2009