U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
11/29/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA community colleges to provide gang-involved youth with access to postsecondary educational opportunities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to provide individuals involved in gang activity with the opportunity to obtain credentials or certification.
Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to provide gang-involved youth with postsecondary education opportunities that will lead to certification or credentials. Such programs can include apprenticeships or other workforce preparation programs that promote job readiness upon completion of the program, while simultaneously providing essential wrap-around services that include culturally competent social and emotional support
The intent of this program is to support community colleges, in partnership with other organizations that are best prepared to provide the supports and services necessary, that will enable these youth, including youth with disabilities, to transition into postsecondary programs that will allow them to pursue a certificate, degree, or other credential. Community colleges serve as affordable, learning- and skills-based higher education providers, especially for non-traditional students.
Because prior research has suggested that stable employment can reduce criminal conduct, this program encourages applicants to collaborate with other organizations to build and support pathways to education and careers for gang-involved youth.
Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority and one competitive preference priority Absolute Priority: This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), only applications that meet this priority will be considered. This priority is: Projects that propose partnerships between community colleges and public or private nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), industry partners, or other entities with a demonstrated record of working successfully with youth who are gang-involved to leverage services to support students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities to transition into an education beyond high school.
To be eligible for this program, community colleges must include the participation of their workforce or career services offices to assist with career placement services and developmental academic coursework for program participants. This may include working through their Workforce Development and Continuing Education divisions or other offices, as appropriate.
Competitive Preference Priority: Creating a Positive, Inclusive, and Identity-safe Climate. Projects that are designed to improve the social, emotional, academic, and career development of youth who are gang-involved, by creating a positive, inclusive, and identity-safe climate through one or more of the following activities:
GrantWatch ID#: 199471
Award Ceiling: $990,000
Project Period: Up to 36 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For Further Information contact:
Jymece Seward, U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2B159
Washington, DC 20202–4260.
Telephone: (202) 453–6138.
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