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CalGRIP, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Employment Development Department (EDD)
The Labor and Workforce Development Agency, through the Employment Development Department, distributed two rounds of CalGRIP grants to local organizations. Funding for these programs is drawn from the Governor's 15 percent Discretionary Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds under the administrative authority of the Employment Development Department (EDD).
Through this grant program, agencies provide job training and education programs targeting youth at risk of joining gangs or seeking to leave them. Youth (aged 14-24) receive a broad range of services, including mental health services, gang counseling, educational skills for high school graduation or GED, occupational training in business services, biotech areas and green industry apprenticeships. Training is being provided for high-growth occupations such as weatherization, construction, concrete and landscaping, e-waste collections and conservation and energy efficiency education.
In March 2008, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and EDD selected 19 agencies through a competitive process to receive $7.3 million of the federal WIA funds (up to $400,000 per agency). In January 2009, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and EDD announced more than $5.4 million in competitive grants to 11 agencies.