Imperial County Awarded $1 Million in Grant Funding to Help Young Adults

El Centro, CA. June 26, 2012 – The Imperial County Workforce Development Board will receive $1 million in grant funding for its youth program over a three year period as part of Project LIKE (Linking Innovation, Knowledge and Employment). Project LIKE was awarded by the Department of Labor to a consortium of three Workforce Investment Boards in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Imperial County. A total of $6 million in funding was awarded, $1 million of which will be used to help young adults in Imperial County.
The funding will be used to provide services to disconnected young adults, ages 18 to 24, who are not in school, working, or serving in the military. The number of disconnected young adults has grown over the past several years due, in part, to job losses during the Great Recession. Project LIKE will serve young adults who are low-income, gang-involved, ex-offenders, on aid, recently separated veterans, and unemployed and not attending school. The program consists of five core elements: standardized assessments, life coaches/mentors, career exploration, national work readiness certificate, and support services. The goal of the program is to move disconnected young adults to positive education and/or employment outcomes.
In Imperial County, the program will be administered through the Workforce Development Board and its two youth contractors, Arbor E&T/ ResCare and Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program. Project LIKE will assist approximately 300 young adults in developing skills and goals that lead to further education and career paths. Program recruitment is scheduled to beginning early August at the One Stop Centers.