U.S. Department of Labor
Several agencies within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) support youth employment and training efforts. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems. As part of their overall mission, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) supports workforce development strategies for youth with disabilities.
DOL funding opportunities
This webpage provides information on funding opportunities from the Department of Labor, including the Strengthening Working Families Initiative, Training to Work — Adult Reentry, and ‘Stand Down’ grants to assist homeless veterans.
ODEP funding opportunities
ODEP utilizes grants to assist in developing policies and identifying effective practices that lead to increase employment for people with disabilities. More information about grant opportunities, as well as ODEP's active and concluded grants can be found here.
Selected Programs and Initiatives
- High Growth Youth Offender Initiative provides occupational training, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning to help former offenders gain the skills necessary to enter high-growth, high-demand industries. Projects focus on addressing the workforce needs of growing industries that provide employment opportunities and potential for advancement.
- Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people 16 and older learn about a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.
- School District Youth Offender Initiative supports the development of strategies for reducing youth involvement in gangs using a workforce development approach.
- Youth Build provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24, while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other postsecondary training opportunities.
Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance
- Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) matches youth interests with career pathways.
- Disability Employment Policy Resources for Youth offers information about the five Guideposts for Success — key educational and career development interventions that can make a positive difference in the lives of all youth, including youth with disabilities.
- Reentry Employment Opportunities provides funding for justice-involved youth and young adults and adults who were formerly incarcerated. The mission is to inform the public workforce system on how best to serve this population. A main goal is to develop strategies and partnerships that will facilitate the implementation of successful programs at the state and local levels that will improve the workforce outcomes for this population.
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils, and other workforce development system youth programs to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.
- One-Stop Career Centers provide job seekers with career exploration services, skills assessment and development, interview and resume preparation, and more.
- YouthRules! offers resources for teens, parents, educators, and employers, including state and federal labor law information.