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Bill Would Create One Million New Apprenticeships

Known as “earn-and-learn” programs, apprenticeships could be a good way for foster youth to start careers in construction and other trades.
With lawmakers from both parties eager to help get idled Americans back to work, a bipartisan group has unveiled a bill that would put up almost $3.5 billion to create nearly 1 million new internships over the next five years, many of them for young people.

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$1 Million to Increase Apprenticeships for Young People

A group of foundations and other grant makers are backing a small investment in one of the Trump administration’s favorite workforce ventures: apprenticeships. The Ballmer Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation and several other funders will back a $1 million grant to connect young people to career training opportunities. 


Updated Perkins Act Places Greater Emphasis on Work-Based Learning

At the end of last month, President Donald Trump signed the long-awaited reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act, a $1.2 billion annual federal investment aimed at developing local and state secondary and post-secondary programs for students participating in career and technical education.


Apprenticeships, A Favorite of Trump Administration, Carry Major Potential for Foster Youth

This past spring, Washington became the first state in the nation to pass legislation specifically designed to help foster youth access apprenticeship opportunities, which offer a steady path to full-time employment in a highly-skilled trade.

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Federal Spending Deal Could Swap Youth Employment Funds for Disaster Assistance

House appropriators want to supply financial assistance for people who are out of work in the many areas of America affected by natural disasters this year. Chief among them, of course: parts of Texas and Florida, and all of Puerto Rico.


George Lucas Donates $25 Million to Chicago Afterschool Program

George Lucas, he of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” acclaim, has donated $25 million to After School Matters, a Chicago based organization serving the city’s youth. The gift was announced December 4 in Chicago at an event with Lucas, agency staff and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.