City offering funding to local organizations for climate-action youth-workforce programs

Funding is available for up to 10 local non-profit community-based organizations to train and employ priority city of Sacramento youth and young adults in the climate-related sector.

Managed by the Office of Innovation and Economic Development, the $1 million program aims to increase youth employment and develop youth interest in and experience toward a career in the clean, green and decarbonized sectors.

“What we are doing here is not just creating opportunities for young people but also directly investing in how we fight climate change,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Our young people and neighborhoods should be first in line for good climate-focused jobs, and this is a step in that direction.”

Community organizations will recruit members between 16-30 years of age, offer services such as job coaching and training and directly employ participants.

Priority will be given to youth who are from low-income families or have faced other barriers to employment. The program is expected to provide up to 100 internship opportunities.

Examples of program focus areas include water conservation, maintaining and enhancing Sacramento’s tree canopy, solar manufacturing and/or installation, building weatherization or retrofits and electric vehicle repair.

The programs are expected to be four to 12 months long. Applications are due Dec. 14 and grants are to be awarded early 2023.

“This program provides a collaborative opportunity to achieve the City’s workforce development and climate action goals,” said Deputy Director of the Office of Innovation and Economic Development Denise Malvetti. “With this funding, the City will support an integrated approach to economic mobility and climate change.”

Funding for the program comes from a $6.9 million grant from California Volunteers #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps. The statewide #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps program is an innovative partnership between the State and local governments to help underserved youth and young adults find employment.

The City expects to employ 600 young people in Sacramento in full and part-time paid positions from the #CaliforniansForAll grant.

Find more information on the funding and eligibility requirements here.

Announcements will be made on the City’s website as programs become available to the public.

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