Baptist Community Ministries asked The Finance Project to examine the
expenditure of federal funds for job training and education of New Orleans’
disconnected young adults (i.e., persons between ages 16 and 24 who are not in school or work).
Four major sources of federal funding for job training and education of this population are available: the
Workforce Investment Act, Adult Education—Basic Grants to States, Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families, and Perkins Career and Technical Education. Louisiana receives approximately $193 million from
these funding streams. Of this amount, approximately 1 percent is being used for job training and education
of disconnected young adults in New Orleans.
Two factors help explain why such a low percentage of available federal funds are being used to train and
educate disconnected young adults in New Orleans. First, Louisiana is using a large percentage of the funds
for other purposes. These funds are intended to help establish the long-term economic self-sufficiency of
low-income people, but the state has opted to prioritize other services and other populations. Second, New
Orleans is not receiving a proportionate share of federal funds received by the state, in part, because the
city has not successfully competed for certain grants and funding opportunities.
Modified On : September 04, 2012
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