The Department of Labor is seeking applicants for The Face Forward 2 – Intermediary and Community grants program. The face 2 Forward program will offer organizations the opportunity to develop programs that address the employment barriers of court involved youth while helping these youth develop the employment skills needed to obtain good jobs.
These grants will help participants move forward into the future by combining the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available. These grants will systematically improve the workforce outcomes of court-involved youth who will obtain industry-recognized credentials that prepare them for jobs in demand industries using career pathways.
The core project components for these grants include:
- case management
- educational interventions
- occupational training in demand industries which lead to industry-recognized credentials
- workforce activities that lead to employment
- follow-up activities
- expungement and diversion. (The expungement and diversion components will be provided through the juvenile justice system (JJS) and non-profit legal services organizations)
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award four intermediary organization grants of $5 million each and approximately 16 community organization grants of up to $1.5 million each, totaling approximately $44 million, to provide services to court-involved youth between the ages of 14 to 24 that have been involved in the JJS and never convicted in the adult criminal system.