USDOL Awards Contract to YouthBuild International for Work in Costa Rica

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Young people at Jóvenes Construyendo Limon participating in Mental Toughness

YouthBuild students from the Jóvenes Construyendo Limon program participating in an interactive activity during Mental Toughness.

YouthBuild International has won a $3 million – 4 year award to improve country capacity to provide workplace-based training programs and apprenticeships to vulnerable and marginalized youth in Costa Rica.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (DOL-ILAB), YouthBuild International will work with it’s in-country partner, Fundacion Paniamor, to support the improvement of laws and policies related to apprenticeship for vulnerable youth, help businesses and workers’ organizations implement best practices related to workplace-based training for youth, and improve the quality of existing programs providing vulnerable youth with prerequisite skills they need to enter apprenticeship and other workplace-based training programs.

YouthBuild International is already working in Costa Rica with its implementing partner, Fundacion Paniamor, on the Jóvenes Construyendo Limón (JCL) project, formerly known as Jóvenes Constructores Costa Rica (JCCR) – an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State. The JCL program is an adaptation of the YouthBuild model that is creating pathways to leadership, vocational training and employment opportunities for 225 young people, between 16-22 years of age, residing in the communities that have experienced a recent increase in violence in the Limon Province. This new award from DOL-ILAB will complement and enhance YouthBuild’s existing programming in the region.

This project is part of a larger $9 million initiative by DOL-ILAB, which has awarded three $3 million projects, one each in Kenya, Argentina, and Costa Rica.