Many youth in America are not on track for labor market success, and youth who have early involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice systems are particularly at risk. The Department of Labor, through its Reentry Employment Opportunities grant program, funds community programs for youth with previous justice involvement that are designed to help put youth on a path towards career success.
The Job ChalleNGe grants provided funds to three National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs to expand their programs to include more court involved youth and to create Job ChalleNGe, a residential occupational training program. This brief examines grant implementation and the education, employment, and criminal justice outcomes of court-involved youth who participated in Job ChalleNGe.