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Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) 2



Application Deadline: Apr 26, 2021


Employment and Training Administration (ETA)


Awards funding to intermediary organizations with sub-grantees who will partner with community colleges, the criminal justice system, employers, and other stakeholders to provide education and job training services to young adults ages 18 to 24 who are involved in the criminal justice system or those who left high school before graduation. Ensures that young adults transitioning from the criminal justice system gain the education and skills necessary to find and sustain employment in high-demand occupations in the local job market.

Required employment services include:

  • Career exploration activities
  • Case management services, including a comprehensive, individualized learning plan to help participants gain employment, overcome barriers, and acquire support services
  • Support in connecting participants with social services to aid their transition back into the community, such as substance abuse and mental health treatment, healthcare, transportation, childcare, housing, legal aid, and other services
  • Job preparatory experiences
  • Employment-focused services that lead to hiring, such as education to gain industry-recognized credentials, registered apprenticeships, work experience, and work-based learning
  • Assistance with financial aid applications for post-secondary education, especially for programs that lead to a degree
  • Tuition assistance in cases where financial aid is not available
  • Job placement services
  • Legal services, such as record expungement, diversion, modifying child support arrears, or obtaining a state driver's license
  • Follow-up services for a period of 12 months

Grantees are also required to implement capacity building plans in community colleges that support innovative models for accelerated learning for program participants. Capacity building plans must include 1 or more of the following components:

  • Align educational programs with industry-recognized stacked and latticed credentials on an in-demand career pathway
  • Online and technology-based learning strategies for participants on house arrest or those with limited access to transportation
  • Competency-based assessments and training courses to establish skills proficiency and attainment
  • Evidence-based policies and practices for remediation
  • Policies to assess or award credit for prior learning

A portion of the funds may also be used to provide participants with emergency assistance for housing, substance abuse, and mental health services necessary to support their participation in employment-related activities and training.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $4,500,000
Project period: 42 months
Estimated number of awards: 6
Estimated total program funding: $25,000,000

Applicants are required to meet a minimum enrollment goal for their project based on the amount of funding requested in the application. Details regarding award amounts and the related enrollment requirements can be found in the funding announcement.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by intermediary organizations. For this opportunity, an intermediary is defined as an organization with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status that has sub-grantees. Sub-grantees may be affiliates or local offices of the intermediary organization. Examples of intermediaries include but are not limited to:

  • Women's organizations
  • Organizations that serve communities of color
  • Unions or labor-management partnerships
  • Community and faith-based organizations

Entities eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) section 166 grants are also eligible to apply. Eligible organizations include:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Tribal organizations
  • Alaska Native-controlled organizations
  • Native Hawaiian-controlled organizations
  • Indian-controlled organizations serving Indian and Native Americans (INA)
  • State recognized tribal organizations
  • A consortium of eligible entities

Applicants are required to propose projects that will serve at least 3 communities. Applicant organizations must ensure that their sub-grantees establish partnerships to provide services under this grant. The following organizations must be engaged as primary partners:

  • Community colleges
  • Criminal justice system
  • Employers, employer associations, unions or labor-management partnerships that provide training

Priority consideration is given to applicants serving high crime, high poverty areas.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Ariam Ferro

Topics This Program Addresses

Colleges and Universities • Education and Training • Employment • Justice System • Mental Health • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Youth