Compton YouthBuild awarded $1.1 million grant
Compton YouthBuild was one of only five programs in California to receive a grant from awards totaling $85 million nationwide. The Compton program was awarded $1.1 million.
Onix Moreno and Tyion Milton are students in Compton YouthBuild’s construction program, which was enhanced by the U.S. Department of Labor with a $1.1 million grant to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. Courtesy ComptonYouthBuild
US Department of Labor award will support academic and occupational skills training for 70 at-risk youth
COMPTON, California – The U.S. Department of Labor validated the work of EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services/Compton YouthBuild, awarding the agency a $1.1 million grant to support academic and occupational skills training for nearly 70 at-risk youth.
Compton YouthBuild was one of only five programs in California to receive a grant from awards totaling $85 million nationwide.
“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our young people and receiving this award will allow our agency to continue to provide not only our educational component in collaboration with YouthBuild Charter Schools of California but also continue to provide a full-scale construction/trades training program that will work with Special Services for Groups, our nonprofit housing development partner building low-income, affordable housing right here in Rancho Dominguez,” said Kim Hughes, the organization’s co-founder and Chief Programs Officer.
Sara Silva, EntreNous’ co-founder and Chief Financial and Operations Officer.
Since its inception, EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services and Compton YouthBuild have worked diligently to provide disconnected youth ages 16-24 and older with a support system where they can learn key leadership development skills, engage in high-demand occupational training, as well as earn an accredited high school diploma in a small and highly-focused learning environment.
“YouthBuild members are typically the hardest-to-serve youth in our economically distressed communities,” Silva said “Approximately 98 percent are low-income, 35 percent are parents, 35 percent are touched by the justice system, 50 percent receive public assistance, and most are in need of a high school diploma.
“Compton YouthBuild provides services focused on engagement, empowerment, and determination,” Silva said.
The program officially begins on June 1, 2019, and is funded for a three-year period. Recruitment for students begins immediately.