I applauded the Department of Labor's recent selection of three local organizations to receive a total of $3.3 million for their YouthBuild programs. Each of the three organizations, the MAAC Project, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc., will receive $1.1 million.
With this type of grant that goes directly to the community, we can begin to see the benefits immediately. YouthBuild is a great program that helps transform our at-risk youth into constructive members of society. I've seen first-hand how students in these programs come out with a new sense of ownership of their community and skills that help them find rewarding jobs.
A total of $75,848,000 was awarded for YouthBuild programs across the nation to provide education and training to young people. YouthBuild assists out-of-school youth in obtaining their diplomas or GEDs while providing occupational training in the construction industry. YouthBuild participants include individuals who have been in the juvenile justice system, youth aging out of foster care, high school dropouts and others. In addition to receiving academic and occupational skills training, young people develop leadership skills and participate in community service opportunities.