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Youth Workforce Development Resources

May 1, 2015


On January 28, 2015, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx and Wendy Spencer, the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), sent a letter to the governor of each State to announce a national service collaboration to expand youth-workforce development opportunities and strengthen transportation career pathways while improving infrastructure.

The DOT-CNCS letter encourages State agencies to work together to use youth service and conservation corps in transportation-related projects. States can lead this effort. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) may help facilitate these meetings and provide technical assistance, as appropriate. FHWA Division offices can:

The USDOT and FHWA do not have official guidelines for how to incorporate youth corps programs. We encourage State agencies to work together to determine what is best for their State and to combine resources to work with qualified Corps organizations in their State.

States may use existing Federal, State, local, and private programs. We expect that State agencies will find that using qualified youth service and conservation corps within Federal-aid projects for transportation workforce development will be cost-effective.

Example State Programs
Several States include youth service and conservation corps in transportation programs.

Example National Programs
Several national organizations and Federal land management agencies have active youth corps programs. See:

Updated: 10/20/2015
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