RCOE awarded $828,000 grant to provide job skills for students
The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Alternative Education Unit was awarded an $828,000 YouthBuild grant on Wednesday (August 29, 2012) to serve the San Jacinto Valley.
The grant was part of more than $75 million in YouthBuild money awarded by the Department of Labor to help out-of-school youth earn a high school or General Educational Development diploma while learning critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology and other fields.
The YouthBuild Project was developed in collaboration with the California Family Life Center, RCOE Career Technical Education, the Home Builders Institute, and over 20 public and community partners.
The Riverside County YouthBuild Project (RCYB) targets a total 46 at-risk youth, dropouts, parenting youth, adjudicated youth, and foster care youth who need to complete high school diploma or the equivalent requirements.
RCOE’s comprehensive Come Back Kids program will provide the academic educational program while partner agencies will offer occupational skills, resources, worksite experience, pre-apprenticeship opportunities, community service, and leadership opportunities.
Two homes will be built for low-income families in the San Jacinto Valley.
"YouthBuild offers young people the opportunity to earn academic and industry-recognized credentials, practice the skills they'll need to succeed at work, and experience what it means to contribute to their own success and that of their communities," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
YouthBuild’s core objectives are:
- Enable disadvantaged youth to obtain the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency in occupations in demand and post-secondary education and training opportunities.
- Provide disadvantaged youth with opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities.
- Foster the development of employment, occupational, and leadership skills and commitment to community development among youth in low-income communities.
- Expand the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families by utilizing the energies and talents of disadvantaged youth.
The YouthBuild grant will serve out-of-school youth in the San Jacinto Valley.
For information contact:
Rick Peoples, Public Information Officer
Telephone: (951) 826-6642
Fax: (951) 826-6199