Feds To Give $26 Million to Help Youths In Juvenile Justice System Get Jobs


The U.S. Department of Labor this week said it would make $26 million in grants to improve the long-term labor market prospects of youths in the juvenile justice system. “Face Forward” grants are designed to give youth a chance at success by offering support services, training, and skills development that can help them obtain employment and overcome the stigma of a juvenile record. Those who get grants will be expected to collaborate with nonprofit legal services providers to assist in the expunging of court records and/or be designated by the juvenile justice system as diversion programs. About 26 grants of up to $1 million each will be awarded to serve juvenile offenders between the ages of 16 and 24. Participating juveniles cannot have been involved with the adult federal, state, or local criminal justice systems or convicted of a sex-related offense other than prostitution.

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