U.S. Department of Labor: Pathways to Justice Careers for Youth
The Pathways to Justice Careers (PJC) program is designed to support access and entry into career pathways for at-risk and court-involved youth ages 16-21. This program supports at-risk and court-involved youth that are still in school by providing: 1) exposure to the world of work in the career fields of justice and emergency services; 2) mentoring to encourage participants to complete a high school diploma or equivalency; and 3) supportive services that engage participants and deter them from engaging or re-engaging with the criminal justice system.
These grants will combine case management, mentoring, career exploration, and exposure to the world of work models in the field of justice and emergency services for in-school youth ages 16 to 21, that are eligible to graduate within 2 years and are at risk of dropping out of school or at risk of entanglement in the criminal justice system, or both; the eligible youth must be enrolled in a public secondary school or alternative secondary school. This grant provides these in-school youth the opportunity to work with and be mentored by professionals currently working in justice and emergency services careers.
Services will be customer-focused, based on the needs of the individual participant.
The PJC grants will ensure each participant has an individualized service strategy (ISS) detailing the steps needed to complete a career pathway program, showing where one enters the pathway, how he or she advances along the pathway, and where the pathway leads him or her long-term. Participants are to be intimately involved in the design and implementation of services so their individual voice is represented and their needs are being met.
Amount: Up to 5 grants of $1,000,000 each.
Eligibility: Units of state, local or tribal government; community- or faith-based organizations with 501(c)(3) non-profit status, including women’s and minority organizations; and any Indian and Native American entities eligible for grants under Section 166 of WIOA.
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