The US Department of Labor has revealed an expansion of its program aimed at enhancing job prospects for the youth by introducing new communities to the initiative.

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Rephrase the WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the second cohort of its Youth Systems Building Academy, an innovative effort to increase and enhance employment opportunities for youth. The 10 additional communities and their partners will receive individualized training and tailored technical assistance from the department to help develop, test, implement or scale systems that engage and support young people entering the workforce. Delivering a “no-wrong-door” youth workforce system is a critical part of the department’s Youth Employment Works strategy to ensure young workers are prepared and empowered to take advantage of opportunities in today’s labor market. In March 2023, the department announced its initial cohort of communities that developed strategies to improve youth employment outcomes. The self-nomination period for the latest cohort closed in November 2023, and the 10 communities selected will incorporate the lessons learned from their predecessors to improve the ecosystem of support available to young workers in their respective communities. Supported by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Youth Systems Building Academy seeks to leverage the capacity of youth organizations to deploy innovative approaches, incorporate data and youth feedback and align local partners and investments to improve the supportive ecosystem for young people navigating the workforce. The latest communities in the department’s Youth Systems Building Academy are as follows: CommunityCityStatePartner OrganizationsRiverside County Housing and Workforce Solutions DepartmentRiversideCACalifornia Family Life Center and Equus Workforce SolutionsDenver Economic Development & OpportunityDenverCODenver Public Schools and Eckerd ConnectsCareer Source South FloridaMiamiFLMiami-Dade County Public Schools, and Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department Mayor’s Office of Employment DevelopmentBaltimoreMDBaltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Community College, and Baltimore’s PromiseBoston Private Industry CouncilBostonMAMayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Action for Boston Community Development, and Jewish Vocational ServicesSoutheast Michigan Community AllianceTaylorMIWayne Regional Educational Services Agency, Workforce Intelligence Network, Melvindale Housing Commission, and Operation Refuge Ramsey County Workforce SolutionsSaint PaulMNYouthprise, Face to Face, City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Saint Paul CollegeHeartland Workforce Solutions OmahaNEMetropolitan Community College, Youth Employment and Training​, and Construction Advisory CouncilWorkforce Development Board of Oswego CountyFultonNYOswego County Opportunities, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and Richard S. Shineman Foundation Partner4WorkPittsburghPAAuberle, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Public Schools into blog format. Make sure to include proper formatting such as section breaks.  

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