California’s New $185 Million Youth Job Corps Now Taking Applications

California on Thursday launched a $185 million jobs program aimed at putting disadvantaged youth and young adults to work helping their communities while improving their prospects for future success.

The Californians For All Youth Jobs Corps was funded in Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 “California Comeback Plan.”

The intent of the two-year plan is ”to increase youth employment in our underserved and underemployed populations, developing meaningful career pathways for young people and helping our communities tackle local priorities,” Fryday said.

The Jobs Corps will work with the cities to recruit thousands of Californians between the ages of 16 and 30.

Applications for the youth jobs corps can be found online at californiavolunteers.ca.gov. Applicants must fill out a form with their name, email address and city or county. Priority will be given to applicants who are former foster youth, unemployed, out of school, low-income, engaged with the mental health or substance abuse system and who have not participated in an AmeriCorps program.

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