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Harkin Announces More Than $6 Million for Iowa Re-integration Programs

June 21, 2012

Harkin Announces More Than $6 Million for Iowa Re-integration Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that two organizations in Iowa have received grants totaling more than $6 million from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Re-integration of Ex-Offenders Program (RExO).  The purpose of these grants is to provide job training, education, and supportive services to improve the long-term employment prospects of at-risk youth.   Harkin helped secure funding for the grants through his role as chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees this grant program.  He is also chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

“Re-integration programs are crucial for re-integrating young people back into the community and giving them the skills to rebuild their lives,” said Harkin.  “With this funding, Spectrum Resources and Siouxland Human Investment Partnership will be able to help many young people get the assistance and support needed to improve their employment and educational outcomes.”

Details of the grants are as follows:

Spectrum Resources of Des Moines has been awarded a $4,511,773 RExO grant to provide funding to assist 450 youth ages 14 and above, in three high-poverty, high crime rate communities in two states.

Siouxland Human Investment Partnership of Sioux City has been awarded a $1,499,996 RExO grant to implement the Bridging and Overcoming Obstacles through Service and Training (BOOST) project.  This project proposes to provide integrated service-learning, education, and vocational training to 105 young adult offenders ages 18 through 21 in Sioux City, Iowa who have been involved in the juvenile justice system from the age of 14 or above and have never been convicted as an adult under Federal or State law.