Workforce Resource of Menononie, along with partners Northwest Wisconsin CEP and Western Dairyland of Eau Claire, has been awarded a $1.1 million federal grant to better connect at-risk youth to employment and training opportunities.

“CEP will be working with Bad River Tribe and Red Cliff Housing and the goal will be to build one house on each reservation with construction starting summer 2019.” according to CEP Executive Director, Jeff Muse.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., announced U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild grants totaling more than $3 million for three Wisconsin organizations. The other groups awarded grants were Employ Milwaukee ($989,508) and Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties in Beloit ($1.1 million).

“I am proud to support this investment in Wisconsin organizations that work every day to help young people build better futures,” Baldwin said in a news release. “The YouthBuild program not only helps increase graduation rates, it rewards hard work and invests in the dignity of work.”

Muse added that “CEP is anticipating hiring 10 young adults and they will receive training in construction essentials and other marketable skills.”

YouthBuild is an education and training program that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn credentials for family-supporting jobs and receive training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. Organizations that received funding this year will also offer training in other high-demand industries, including health care, information technology, hospitality and retail services, and logistics.