WASHINGTON, DC – With the belief that a second chance can change a person’s life, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $85.5 million in grants to assist individuals now or once involved in the criminal justice system to secure employment in their communities.

The department’s Employment and Training Administration – which administers the grants – has awarded 28 grants to organizations in 17 states and Washington, D.C. The awards derive from two ETA programs, 22 in the Pathway Home program and six in Young Adult Reentry Partnership program.

“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to creating more opportunities for justice-involved individuals to complete high school and college, enter apprenticeships and share the benefits as our economy continues to recover,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “By investing in programs to prepare these individuals for job opportunities, the Labor Department is also investing in our communities and our families.”

Pathway Home grants will support expanded services to eligible, incarcerated individuals in state correctional facilities or local jails prior- and post-release to help eliminate the gap between release and enrollment into a reentry program leading to employment. 

Young Adult Reentry Partnership grants will aid recipients in strengthening their partnerships with community colleges and link these young adults – from age 18 to 24 – now or once involved in the criminal justice system, with apprenticeships and other opportunities in their communities in growing industries including information technology, healthcare and energy.

Awards announced today are the second round of grants under the Reentry Employment Opportunities program. In July 2020, the department awarded more than $90 million in YARP and Pathway Home grants.

Lists of the recipients of grants in both programs follows this news release.

Recipient

City

State

Amount

United Auto Workers-Labor Employment and Training Corp.

Cerritos

CA

$1,328,082

County of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

CA

$2,499,999

Workforce Alliance Inc.

New Haven

CT

$1,471,122

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Washington

DC

$4,000,000

Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc.

Clearwater

FL

$3,499,999

Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council Inc.

Orlando

FL

$1,960,133

Area Committee to Improve Opportunities Now Inc.

Athens

GA

$1,225,226

Metro Community Ministries Inc.

Atlanta

GA

$4,000,000

Savannah Technical College

Savannah

GA

$3,965,000

United Way of Central Iowa

Des Moines

IA

$1,856,288

Kansas Department of Commerce

Topeka

KS

$3,997,764

City of Springfield

Springfield

MO

$3,000,545

Family and Workforce Centers of America

St. Louis

MO

$4,000,000

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington

NC

$3,997,285

New York University

New York

NY

$3,999,906

PathStone Corp.

Rochester

NY

$4,000,000

Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties

Utica

NY

$1,960,133

Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board

Lancaster

PA

$1,499,999

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina Inc.

Greenville

SC

$1,862,327

Persevere

Memphis

TN

$1,499,914

Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board Inc.

Platteville

WI

$3,858,861

Forward Careers Inc.

Waukesha

WI

$1,499,999

The recipients of the YARP grants are as follows:

Recipient

City

State

Amount

Safer Foundation

Chicago

IL

$3,499,999

Workforce Inc.

Indianapolis

IN

$4,500,000

Goodwill Industries International Inc.

Rockville

MD

$4,500,000

STRIVE International Inc.

New York

NY

$4,500,000

PathStone Corp.

Rochester

NY

$3,999,999

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Inc.

Philadelphia

PA

$4,500,000

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