Workforce Board Makes Grants Available to Assist Out-of-School Youths

Dorothy Weaver

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The State Workforce Development Board is making $400,000 available to assist out-of-school youths complete their education and hone their employability skills.

Organizations can apply for up to $200,000 to be spent over a 24-month period and must be used to replicate the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) in-school model, which was piloted in South Carolina in 2005.

“We are excited to be able to provide these grants to help out-of-school youths across our state become more employable by removing barriers that are keeping them back and by improving their level of education,” said Jay Holloway, chairman of SWDB’s Priority Population committee.

To be eligible for the grants, the programs must target individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are no longer enrolled in school and have barriers to employment. The applicants must also partner with relevant workforce, education, community partners and JAG-SC.

During the program participants will:

  • Attain basic employability skills through classroom instruction.

  • Participate in JAG to develop, practice and refine personal and leadership skills.

  • Complete requirements for a high school diploma or GED.

  • Participate in work-based learning experiences.

  • Receive 12 months of follow up services by a JAG specialist.

  • Have barriers to success reduced or eliminated with supportive services.

JAG-SC is entering its 13th year of service and has assisted more than 11,000 students through 25 JAG-affiliated sites.