The YouthBuild program helps at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 learn valuable job skills while earning a high school diploma or GED certificate. There are YouthBuild programs spread out across the country and 76 of these individual programs have just received a total of $75.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The 76 programs are located in 36 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Individual grants ranged from a $218,000 continuation grant from 2010 up to $1.1 million. While the YouthBuild programs focus on a variety of different industries, at least one of the grant recipients will be training its participants for a green job.

The Western New York AmeriCorps Fund in Buffalo, N.Y., received $1.08 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will train area youth for a career in the energy-efficiency industry.

Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, who represents New York’s 28th District, commented on the grant in a post on her website:

"Energy efficiency and green jobs are playing an increasingly important role in Western New York's economy. I'm so pleased to see this grant being awarded to train the next generation with the skills needed to work in the green economy of the future. These educational and training opportunities are vital to our future economic prospects and the creation of new jobs in Western New York."

See the entire list of grant award winners on the DOL website: Program Year 2011 YouthBuild Awards.