The Employment and Training Administration has announced the availability of approximately $25,000,000 in grant funds for ex-offender activities under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) projects, as part of the Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) grant program. Click here for the solicitation. Applications are due by April 20.
ETA plans to award approximately six grants of up to $4,500,000 each. These grants will have a 42-month period of performance, including a period of up to six months for planning, at least 24 months of operation, and 12 months of follow-up services. Future funding opportunities will take into account grantee performance on this grant. These projects will serve young adults ages 18-24 years old who are currently or have previously been involved with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system or are high school dropouts, are low-income as defined under WIOA, and either reside in or are returning to the target area. As a result of these services, this initiative intends to protect community safety by ensuring these individuals involved in the criminal justice system:
• Become productive, responsible, and law-abiding members of society;
• Receive positive opportunities to engage in pro-social activities, such as employment and/or education;
• Maintain long-term financially sustaining employment;
• Sustain a stable residence; and
• Successfully address their substance abuse issues and mental health needs, as applicable, through partnerships with local programs.
Grants under this FOA must provide occupational training facilitated by a community college in locally in-demand industries, including but not limited to healthcare, information technology, and energy. Projected high-demand occupations include not only newly created jobs but also consider the increasing demands in certain industry sectors due to the retirements of an aging workforce. There are many considerations beyond occupational projections for placing individuals in jobs, training, or select career pathways. These considerations include: educational attainment, aptitude and strengths, age, and the ability to support themselves or their family.