Hayes bill to invest $1 billion in job training for ‘stranded’ youth passes House


Out-of-school and jobless young people are the target of a billion-dollar training bill that passed the House this week.

The act, sponsored by U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes, would help the most vulnerable children in Connecticut’s 5th congressional district and across the country graduate and find jobs in construction, healthcare and technology. information, according to Hayes’ office.

“[W]We provide more opportunities for more workers, including those on the margins of the labor market, to find pathways to sustainable careers with high-quality job training and the confidence to become conscientious members. and productive of society,” said Hayes, a two-term Democrat from Wolcott, who is seeking re-election in November.

The Hayes Act, called YouthBuild for the Future, was passed by the House of Representatives as part of a larger $78 billion piece of legislation called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is going through the Senate for a vote.

Hayes, who represents greater Danbury and west-central Connecticut, is being challenged for a third term by George Logan, a business owner and former state senator from Ansonia who was nominated by Republicans earlier this month these as their best chance to break into the state. all-Democratic congressional delegation.

Logan, who is running on a platform of fiscal stability and “radical sensibility,” would be the first Republican to win a statewide office or congressional seat in Connecticut in 16 years.

Hayes, who was named National Teacher of the Year in 2016 for her work at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, made history in 2018 as Connecticut’s first black congresswoman.

Hayes’ Vulnerable Youth Bill would fund and expand existing programs in Connecticut and across the country over the next six years that “equip young people with education, employment and leadership skills in helping participants graduate from high school while learning needed skills.” trades.”

“While the U.S. economy has seen record job creation emerging from the pandemic, employers still have millions of job openings to fill,” Hayes said in a statement. “The YouthBuild for the Future Act provides meaningful, life-changing investments for some of our most vulnerable – young people who interrupted their education before graduating from high school.

Among other measures, the Hayes Act

allocate grants to programs serving rural communities

extend the period of follow-up services to 24 months

allow the financing of the meals of the participants

allow those who receive grants to count YouthBuild funds toward the matching requirement under the National Community Service Act

The broader workforce innovation legislative package that contained the Hayes Act would, among other things,

establish an ongoing Department of Labor program to help those released from prison “return to employment and access sustainable career paths”

expand summer and year-round job programs for youth

provide funding for innovative approaches to workforce development

A leader of the Democratic-controlled House called the legislative package “one of the central pillars of our nation’s commitment to ensuring working people and their families can succeed in America.”

“It is widely recognized that closing the skills gap and expanding our trained and skilled workforce will help us fight inflation by strengthening our worker base to make the products most in demand here in America. and reduce our dependence on imports,” House said. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

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