Gillibrand-Fattah Bill To Connect Youth With Strong Job Opportunities Passes Congress The House and Senate Pass Key Provisions from Gillibrand and Fattah’s “Urban Jobs Act” As Part of Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization
PoliticalNews.me - Jul 12,2014 - The House and Senate Pass Key Provisions from Gillibrand and Fattah’s “Urban Jobs Act” As Part of Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announced key provisions from their legislation to help increase employment among at-risk youth passed Congress as part of a bipartisan, bicameral deal – the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – which reauthorizes federal job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The Urban Jobs Act would provide federal funding to nonprofit organizations, allowing them to carry out programming to prepare youth for employment, particularly those who have dropped out of high school or have been subject to the criminal justice process.
“Supporting education and training for our youth is a smart investment that can help rebuild local economies and pay dividends over the long term,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This effort would give organizations the tools and resources they need to help our youth prepare for future jobs, find employment opportunities, and reach their full potential. The skills they would acquire through this program are invaluable. Helping our youth compete in this difficult economy will have a lasting, positive impact on our community.”
“By focusing on the unique and specific job training and skills development needs of America’s youth, we are putting them on a stronger path to long-term employment. In turn, we are creating healthier, more sustainable communities,” Congressman Fattah said. “The future of our economy depends on an educated, skilled workforce that encompasses all individuals—even the most disconnected and at-risk. I’m proud of this bipartisan effort that places a top priority on providing our youth the support and programs they need to be successful.”
“The decade-plus wait for congressional renewal of the nation’s preeminent job training legislation was a long time coming, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Chaka Fattah are to be commended for their tenacity, commitment and leadership in creating a bi-partisan bill, which incorporates crucial components of the Urban Jobs Act, that will create a better life for urban youth and youth of color, and shepherding it through to passage,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.
At more than 13 percent, the youth unemployment rate is more than twice the unemployment rate for people of all ages. The average unemployment rate for minority youth in May was almost 24 percent for African Americans and just over 12 percent for Hispanics. Approximately 5.8 million youth, or nearly 15 percent of 16 to 24 year olds, are neither employed nor attending school, and as a result not developing the skills, education and job experience necessary for quality jobs.
Lengthy periods of unemployment early in a young person’s work life can have lasting negative effects on future earnings, productivity, and employment opportunities. Developing policies such as those proposed under the Urban Jobs Act and now included in the WIOA legislation passed by both chambers