Biden-Harris administration, U.S. Department of Labor award more than $90M to train young people for green energy jobs



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of nearly $90.4 million in YouthBuild grants to provide training and apprenticeships to young adults who are not enrolled in school or working in construction and other in-demand industries.

Following its Nov. 23, 2021 announcement of available funding, the department awarded 68 grants – ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million – to organizations in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

Participants will engage in classroom learning that will prepare them for building and rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their communities.

Participants will split their time between workplace training and the classroom, where they will earn a high school diploma or equivalent degree to prepare for postsecondary opportunities.

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the latest YouthBuild grants complement the Biden-Harris administration’s workforce priorities to focus on green building techniques, including understanding sustainable building materials, solar panel installation, weatherization processes and the use of Energy Star appliances.

The training will also further the President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which  commits to delivering at least 40 percent of the benefits from federal climate and clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities.

For the first time, the YouthBuild funding opportunity announcement included criteria that awarded bonus points for applicants who demonstrated their ability to provide training in green construction techniques, training the next generation of workers for resilience and clean energy careers of the future.

YouthBuild programs also train young people for employment in healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and logistics, culinary arts and hospitality.

Learn more about the YouthBuild program.

Following is the list of YouthBuild grant recipients:



Recipient City State Amount
Bessemer Housing Authority Bessemer AL $1,500,000
Housing Authority of Birmingham District Birmingham AL $1,500,000
Cornerstone Revitalization Foundation Inc. Birmingham AL $1,259,237
Huntsville Housing Authority Huntsville AL $1,500,000
Alliance for Community Empowerment Canoga Park CA $1,332,000
EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services Inc. Compton CA $1,500,000
Coalition for Responsible Community Development Los Angeles CA $1,500,000
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA $1,425,519
City of Richmond Richmond CA $1,199,000
Year One Inc. Denver CO $1,114,987
Wilmington Housing Authority Wilmington DE $1,500,000
Lakeland Housing Authority Lakeland FL $1,500,000
Gang Alternative Inc. Little Haiti/Miami FL $1,500,000
AMIkids Space Coast Inc. Melbourne FL $1,500,000
Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board Inc. Ocala FL $844,712
AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute Inc. Panama City FL $1,500,000
Urban League of Greater Atlanta Atlanta GA $1,500,000
Georgia Building Trades Academy Inc. Atlanta GA $1,152,000
Quad County Urban League Inc. Aurora IL $1,146,713
Housing Authority of Champaign County Champaign IL $1,500,000
Community Development Institute Chicago IL $1,062,000
Spero Family Services Mount Vernon IL $864,000
YBLC Inc. (YouthBuild Lake County) North Chicago IL $1,350,000
Youth Conservation Corps Waukegan IL $1,500,000
Fort Wayne Housing Authority Fort Wayne IN $1,500,000
Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc. Muncie IN $791,276
Young Adult Development in Action Inc. (YouthBuild Louisville) Louisville KY $1,500,000
Quad Area Community Action Inc. Hammond LA $1,296,000
Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport Shreveport LA $1,500,000
Old Colony Young Men’s Christian Association Inc. Brockton MA $1,100,000
Community Teamwork Inc. Lowell MA $1,500,000
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. Detroit MI $1,500,000
Detroit Housing Commission Detroit MI $1,500,000
SER Metro-Detroit Detroit MI $1,458,000
Bethany Christian Services Grand Rapids MI $1,399,999
Bi-County Community Action Programs Inc. Bemidji MN $972,000
St. Joseph Youth Alliance St. Joseph MO $1,350,000
Bridging Families to Communities and Beyond St. Louis MO $1,098,000
West Jackson Community Development Corp. Jackson MS $1,500,000
Meridian Housing Authority Meridian MS $1,500,000
Career Training Institute Helena MT $1,260,000
Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth Elizabeth NJ $1,500,000
St. Nicks Alliance Brooklyn NY $1,500,000
The Service Collaborative of Western New York Inc. Buffalo NY $1,500,000
Queens Community House Inc. Jamaica NY $1,259,199
Ulster YouthBuild Kingston NY $1,069,258
The Crenulated Company Ltd. (New Settlement Apartments) New York NY $1,500,000
Nubian Directions II Inc. Poughkeepsie NY $1,100,000
Urban League of Rochester Rochester NY $1,100,000
Towpath Trail High School Akron OH $1,500,000
OhioGuidestone Berea OH $1,152,000
Easter Seals TriState Cincinnati OH $1,261,405
LIFT Community Action Agency Inc. Hugo OK $953,964
Portland YouthBuilders Portland OR $1,500,000
Philadelphia Youth for Change Charter School Philadelphia PA $1,500,000
Crispus Attucks Association of York, Pennsylvania York PA $1,100,000
Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico San Juan PR $1,499,282
South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 3 Barnwell SC $1,500,000
AMIkids Beaufort Inc. Seabrook SC $1,500,000
South Memphis Renewal Community Development Corp. Memphis TN $1,500,000
CLC Inc. Fort Worth TX $1,250,000
Motivation, Education and Training Inc. New Caney TX $1,199,000
Walker Montgomery Community Development Corp. New Waverly TX $1,080,000
100 Black Men of San Antonio Inc. San Antonio TX $1,500,000
Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 Spokane WA $1,348,720
Community Action Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties Beloit WI $1,425,520
Operation Fresh Start Madison WI $891,029
Randolph County Housing Authority Elkins WV $1,198,500
Total Awarded     $90,363,320



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