Article 4. California Youthbuild Program of California Unemployment Insurance Code >> Division 3. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 4.
The purposes of the California YouthBuild Program shall be
all of the following:
(a) To enable economically disadvantaged youth, especially youth
who have not finished high school, to obtain the education, job
skills training, personal counseling, leadership development skills
training, job placement assistance, and long-term followup services
necessary for them to achieve permanent economic self-sufficiency,
while at the same time providing valuable community service that
addresses urgent community needs, including the demand for affordable
housing and the need for young role models and mentors for younger
teenagers and children.
(b) To provide communities with the opportunity to establish or
rebuild neighborhood stability in economically depressed and
low-income areas, as well as historic areas requiring restoration or
preservation, while providing economically disadvantaged youth, and
youth who have not finished high school, an opportunity for a
meaningful participation in society.
(c) To allow communities to expand the supply of affordable
housing for homeless and other low-income individuals by utilizing
the energies and talents of economically disadvantaged youth and
young people who have not graduated from school.
(d) To foster the development of leadership skills and a
commitment to community development among youth.
(a) The director, from funds appropriated for this purpose to
the YouthBuild Program, may make grants to applicants for the
purpose of carrying out programs as authorized by this article. For
the purpose of administering and managing the grant-making process,
the director may contract with a qualified nonprofit corporation
designated by the United States Department of Labor to provide
technical assistance to YouthBuild programs. All programs shall have
strong youth and community involvement.
(b) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the
(1) "YouthBuild Program" means the overall California YouthBuild
Program, as coordinated by the director.
(2) "Program" means an individual program funded by a grant made
by the director to an applicant as part of the overall YouthBuild
(c) "Applicant" means an entity that applies for a program grant
pursuant to Section 9807.
(d) "Participant" means a person eligible to participate in a
program pursuant to Section 9805.
Programs shall provide, at a minimum, all of the following
(a) (1) Acquisition, rehabilitation, acquisition and
rehabilitation, or construction of housing and related facilities to
be used for the purpose of providing home ownership for disadvantaged
persons, residential housing for homeless individuals and very low
income families, or transitional housing for persons who are
homeless, ill, deinstitutionalized, or who have disabilities or
(2) Rehabilitation or construction of community facilities owned
by public agencies or nonprofit entities.
(b) (1) Integrated education and job training services and
activities or an equally divided basis, with 50 percent of
participants' time spent in classroom-based instruction, counseling,
and leadership development instruction, and 50 percent of
participants' time spent in experiential training on the construction
(2) The education component described in paragraph (1) shall
include basic skills instruction, secondary education services, and
other activities designed to lead to the attainment of a high school
diploma or its equivalent. The curriculum for this component shall
include math, language arts, vocational education, life skills
training, social studies related to the cultural and community
history of the participants, leadership skills, and other topics at
the discretion of the program. Bilingual services shall be available
for individuals with limited-English proficiency. A program shall
have a goal of a minimum teacher-to-participant ratio of one teacher
for every 18 participants.
(3) The job training component described in paragraph (1) shall
involve work experience and skills training apprenticeships related
to construction and rehabilitation activities described in
subdivision (a). The process of construction shall be coupled with
skills training and with close onsite supervision by experienced
trainers. The curriculum for this component shall contain a set of
locally agreed upon skills and competencies that are systematically
taught, with participants' mastery assessed individually on a
regular, ongoing basis. Safety skills shall be taught at the outset.
A program shall have a goal of a minimum trainer-to-participant ratio
of one trainer for every seven participants. This component shall be
coordinated to the maximum extent feasible with preapprenticeship
and apprenticeship opportunities.
(4) Assistance in attaining postsecondary education and in
obtaining financial aid shall be made available to participants prior
to graduation from the program.
(c) Counseling services designed to assist participants in
positively participating in society, including all of the following,
as necessary: outreach, assessment, and orientation; individual and
peer counseling; life skills training, drug and alcohol abuse
education and prevention; and referral to appropriate drug
rehabilitation, medical, mental health, legal, housing, and other
community services and resources. A program shall have a goal of a
minimum counselor-to-participant ratio of one counselor for every 28
(d) (1) Leadership development training that provides participants
with meaningful opportunities to develop leadership skills,
including decisionmaking, problem solving, and negotiating. A program
shall encourage participants to develop strong peer group ties that
support their mutual pursuit of skills and values.
(2) Each program shall establish a youth council in which
participants are afforded opportunities to develop public speaking
and negotiating skills, and management and policymaking participation
in specific aspects of the program.
(e) Each participant shall be provided with a training subsidy,
living allowance, or stipend of not less than eight dollars ($8) per
hour for the time spent at the worksite in construction training. For
those participants who receive public assistance, this training
subsidy, living allowance, or stipend shall not affect housing
benefits, medical benefits, child care benefits, or CalFresh
benefits, to the extent consistent with federal law. The training
subsidy, living allowance, or stipend may be distributed in a manner
that offers incentives for good performance.
(f) Full-time participation in a program shall be offered for a
period of not less than 6 months and not more than 24 months.
(g) A concentrated effort shall be made to find construction,
construction-related, or nonconstruction jobs for all graduates of
the program who have performed well. The job training curriculum
shall provide participants with basic preparation for seeking and
maintaining a job. Followup counseling and assistance in job seeking
shall also be provided to participants for a period of 12 months
following graduation from the program.
(h) A program serving 20 or more participants is required to have
a full-time director responsible for the coordination of the
requirements of this article.
The department may accept proposals for funding from
applicants who establish their eligibility for funding under this
article by submitting proof that they have been funded or designated
as a federal YouthBuild program by the United States Department of
Program grants may be used for the activities in Section 9802
and for any of the following activities:
(a) Legal fees for housing acquisition.
(b) Administrative and technical assistance costs of the program
applicant that may not exceed 15 percent of the program grant, or
another amount as is determined by the director to be necessary to
support capacity development of a private nonprofit community-based
organization. The applicant may contract with a technical assistance
provider approved by the director.
(c) Defraying costs for the ongoing training and technical
assistance needs of the program applicant that are related to
developing and carrying out the program.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), eligible
participants in a program shall be youth between the ages of 17 and
24, inclusive, who are economically disadvantaged, as defined in
Section 1503 of Title 29 of the United States Code, and who are in
one of the following groups:
(1) Persons who are not attending any school and who have not
received a secondary school diploma or its equivalent.
(2) Persons currently enrolled in a traditional or alternative
school setting or a GED program and who are in danger of dropping out
(3) Very low income persons whose incomes are at or less than 50
percent of the area median income area, adjusted for family size, as
estimated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban
(b) Not more than 25 percent of program participants may be
individuals who do not meet the requirements of subdivision (a).
These participants shall be persons who have educational needs
despite the attainment of a high school diploma.
(a) The director shall use the existing infrastructure of
federally funded YouthBuild programs to the maximum extent possible.
In the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the director shall give first priority
in awarding grants under this article to applicants seeking to
continue YouthBuild programs established with federal or other
(b) Entities eligible for grants under this article shall be
nonprofit private entities and public agencies with experience in
operating youth construction skills training, education, job
placement, personal development, leadership development, and housing
rehabilitation or construction programs.
An application for a grant under this article shall, at a
minimum, contain all of the following:
(a) The amount of the grant requested and the proposed use of the
(b) A description of the applicant and a statement of the
applicant's qualifications, including a description of the applicant'
s past experience in running a YouthBuild program, if applicable, a
description of the applicant's past experience with housing
rehabilitation or construction, youth and youth education, youth
leadership development, and youth employment training programs, and a
description of the applicant's relationship with apprenticeship
programs and with community-based organizations.
(c) A description of the proposed construction site and evidence
of site control, and a description of the proposed construction or
rehabilitation activities to be undertaken and the anticipated
schedule for carrying out those activities.
(d) A description of the educational and job training activities,
work opportunities, and other services that will be provided to
(e) A description of the manner in which eligible youths will be
recruited and selected, including a description of the arrangements
that will be made with community-based organizations, local education
agencies and education agencies of Native American nations, public
assistance agencies, courts of jurisdiction for status and youth
offenders, shelters for homeless individuals and other agencies
serving homeless youth, foster care agencies, and other appropriate
public agencies and private entities.
(f) A description of the special efforts that will be undertaken
to recruit eligible young women as participants, including women with
dependent children, including a description of how those women can
receive appropriate support, including child care.
(g) A description of how the proposed program will be coordinated
with other federal, state, Native American nation, and local agency
activities, including public school programs, the Americorps program,
crime prevention programs, vocational, adult, and bilingual
education programs, and other job training programs.
(h) Substantive assurances that there will be a sufficient number
of adequately trained supervisory personnel in the program who have
attained the journey level or its equivalent.
(i) A description of the applicant's relationship with any local
building trades union, including a description of the union's
involvement in training and the proposed relationship of the
activities to be undertaken pursuant to the grant with established
(j) A description of activities that will be undertaken to develop
the leadership skills of participants, including their role in
(k) A detailed budget and description of a system of fiscal
controls and auditing and accountability procedures that will be used
to ensure fiscal soundness.
(l) A description of any contracts and arrangements entered into
between the applicant and other entities, including all in-kind
donations and grants from both public and private sources that will
augment grant funds made available pursuant to this article.
(m) Identification and description of the financing proposed for
any acquisition of property, or the rehabilitation or construction of
(n) Identification and description of the entity that will operate
and manage the property.
(o) A certification that the applicant will comply with the
requirements of applicable federal laws, including the Fair Housing
Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975,
and that the applicant will work to further fair housing policies.
(p) A description of the qualifications and past experience of the
person who will be the full-time director for the applicant's
project to be funded pursuant to this article.
(q) A description of the applicant pool profile, including, but
not limited to, the number of participants currently on parole or
probation, the number of participants with children requiring paid
supervision, and the number of participants with Department of Motor
Vehicles or court-sanctioned holds on their drivers' licenses.
The term "YouthBuild" shall only be used in connection with a
program funded pursuant to this article or by the United States
Department of Labor, or if the program is an affiliate of YouthBuild
Each grant recipient, at the beginning of the grant cycle,
shall report to the director, at a minimum, regarding the number of
participants who have done any of the following:
(a) Obtained a general education degree (GED).
(b) Obtained full-time, unsubsidized employment in the building
(c) Obtained full-time, unsubsidized employment in other
(d) Obtained part-time, unsubsidized employment in the building
trades industry or in other industries.
(e) Gained acceptance into a trade apprenticeship program.
(f) Successfully enrolled in a vocational or two-year community
(g) Successfully enrolled in a state university, the University of
California, or any other four-year college.
Each grant recipient shall report to the director on other
participant outcomes as required by the Governor under Section 122(h)
of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.