Governor’s Workforce Board Approves Real Skills for Youth Grants

The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) announced $2.5 million in grants to support the Real Skills for Youth program. In 2020-21, the Real Skills for Youth grants will support 19 partnerships among schools, youth-serving organizations, industry, and others to develop and implement high-quality paid work-based learning activities and work readiness programming for youth.

The goal of Real Skills for Youth is to prepare youth for success in college and career through meaningful career exposure and exploration of potential career paths and their on-ramps, skill-building with an emphasis on essential and professional skills, and supported work-based learning experiences that allow participants to apply learning in a real-world setting. Real Skills for Youth programs often provide youth with their first exposure to the world of work, whether through a paid work experience, hands-on exposure to new careers, or learning and practicing essential skills.

The Real Skills for Youth partnership lead applicants for 2020-21 are:

  • AS220
  • Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
  • Community Action Partnership of Providence
  • Community Care Alliance
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program
  • Connecting for Children & Families
  • DownCity Design
  • East Bay Community Action Program
  • Federal Hill House
  • Inspiring Minds
  • IYRS School of Technology & Trades
  • Newport Community School
  • Providence Public Library
  • Providence Public School Department
  • RI Marine Trades Association
  • RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
  • Southside Community Land Trust
  • Tri-County Community Action Agency
  • Young Voices

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