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U.S. Department of Labor: Young Adult Reentry Partnership 2

Deadline: April 26, 2021

The Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) program aims to provide education and training services that improve the employment outcomes of young adults who are involved in the criminal justice system and/or who left high school prior to graduation and to develop the capacity of community colleges to
meet the needs of young adults with justice system involvement. Young adults served under this grant program are between the ages of 18 and 24 and currently or previously have been involved in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system and/or who left high school prior to graduation.

Funded projects aim to ensure that young adults transitioning from the criminal justice system are prepared to meet the needs of their local labor markets with the skills required by employers. To achieve this end, applicants, through each of their sub-grantees, must establish a partnership with:

  • The criminal justice system
  • At least one employer, employer association, union providing training or labor management partnership
  • Community colleges that have designed their courses and career pathways/guided pathways program curricula to ensure relevance to the needs of local industries and jobs for high growth, in-demand occupations

Applicants must demonstrate that their sub-grantees and community college partner(s) will implement capacity-building in community colleges to support innovative models for accelerated learning for the target population. This capacity-building plan must include the development of at least one of the following components:

  • Align educational opportunities with industry-recognized stacked and latticed credentials on an in-demand career pathway
  • Online and technology-based learning strategies to allow participants who may be on house arrest or have transportation limitations to participate
  • Competency-based assessments and training courses to recognize skills proficiency and attainment
  • Evidence-based remediation policies and practices
  • Policies to assess credit for prior learning and award credits for prior learning

In addition, applicants, through their sub-grantees, must partner with community colleges, the public workforce system, employers or employer associations, unions providing training, labor management partnerships and the criminal justice system to provide eligible participants the following services:

  • Career exploration activities, including information on barriers to employment and requirements for entering their occupation
  • Case management services, including the development of a comprehensive and personalized Learning Plan, which may be incorporated into the Individual Development Plan (IDP) that identifies strategies for achieving participants’ employment goals, including overcoming barriers and acquiring supportive services
  • Assistance with linking participants to the social services required to help participants transition back to their communities, such as substance abuse and mental health treatment, healthcare, transportation, childcare, housing, legal aid, and other social services
  • Job preparatory experiences
  • Employment-focused services that lead to hiring, including the following approaches: 1) occupational education leading to industry-recognized stacked and latticed credentials; 2) registered apprenticeship; 3) work-based learning; or 4) work experience
  • Assistance with applying for financial aid for post-secondary education, particularly for programs of study leading to degrees
  • Tuition assistance, where financial aid is not available (see note below)
  • Job placement services
  • Legal services, such as record expungement, diversion, modifying child support arrears, or obtaining a state driver’s license
  • Twelve months of follow-up services

Amount: $25,000,000 is available to make up to 6 awards that range up to $4,500,000. Grants will have a 42-month period of performance, including a period of three to six months for planning, a 24-27 months for operation, and 12 months of follow-up services. Award amounts depend on the number of participants enrolled:
* Minimum of 350 participants: Grants range up to $3,499,999
* Minimum of 450 participants: Grants range from $3,500,000–$3,999,999
* Minimum of 450 participants: Grants range from $$4,000,000–$4,500,000

Eligibility: Intermediary organizations (organizations that have sub-grantees, which may be affiliates or local offices of the intermediary organization, that propose to serve at least three communities for this project) with non-profit status (including women’s and organizations that serve communities of color, unions or labor-management partnerships, and community- or faith-based organizations); or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under section 166 of WIOA that proposes to serve at least three communities for this project.

Primary partners: Applicants must ensure that their sub-grantees identify their primary partners, including:

  • Community College(s) – The primary community college partner must be a community college that is a public institution of higher education as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act and whose most common degree awarded is an associate degree.
  • Criminal Justice System – the primary criminal justice system partner may include diversion programs, correctional facilities, parole and probation agencies, halfway houses, residential reentry centers, law enforcement, and/or courts.
  • Employer(s), Employer Association(s), Union(s) Providing Training, or LaborManagement Partnership(s).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332009

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