About CareerConnect

About the Youth CareerConnect Grant Program

Announcing The Youth CareerConnect Database

On April 7, 2014, President Obama announced the 24 recipients of the 2014 Youth CareerConnect grants, which were established by the Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. This initiative promotes collaboration among students, educators, parents and businesses to provide authentic and relevant learning experiences, especially in the areas of STEM which will lead to more students better prepared for college, their careers, and their futures.

Youth CareerConnect schools will strengthen America’s talent pipeline by supporting stronger high school, postsecondary, workforce investment system, and employer partnerships that deliver:

  • Robust Employer Engagement & Work-Based Learning
  • A Focus on High-Demand Industries, Including STEM
  • Integration of Post-secondary Education and Training

Over 275 strong proposals were received by the Department of Labor, based on inquiry from foundations and businesses, it was decided that these proposals should be made public to give potential funders the opportunity to partner with school districts/communities to explore developing these locally. The National Career Academy Coalition agreed to host these proposals on it’s website in searchable form.