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California Youth Apprenticeship Grant (CYAG)
The California Youth Apprenticeship Grant (CYAG) is a new funding source to develop and test innovative practices to increase the participation of opportunity youth in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and to demonstrate the impact of apprenticeship on employment and earnings outcomes for opportunity youth.

CYAG was established in SB 191 for the purposes of awarding grant funds to eligible applicants to provide funding for existing apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs or to develop new apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs to serve opportunity youth who are disconnected or are at risk of disconnection from systems like education, employment, housing and more. The CYAG Program was funded in FY 2022-2023 with $20 million and DAS was empowered to develop and deploy CYAG.

Applications open: TBD

Applications close: TBD

Request for Public Comment
DAS is currently open for public comment regarding the formation of CYAG.

Request for Public Comment
We invite public comment both written and through an upcoming public meeting.

Written: Please submit your public comment through this survey tool by July 14, 2023.
Verbal: The CA Youth Apprenticeship Committee will have a public meeting hosted virtually on Monday June 26 at 9am and will open for public comment regarding this CYAG. For connection details visit the CA Youth Apprenticeship Committee meeting posting page.
Funding Details
Type of funding: Grant

Estimated total funding: $20,000,000

Award amount: TBD

Contacts: Division of Apprenticeship Standards (State of CA)
1515 Clay St, 19th Floor, Ste 190, Oakland CA 94612
(415) 703-4920

Grantor’s homepage: Division of Apprenticeship Standards

More Information
Sector: This grant is focused on new and innovative sectors, encompassed by sectors associations with the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. The grant program does not apply to building and construction trades programs that are within the jurisdiction of the California Apprenticeship Council.

Target population: DAS is summarizing the target population for CYAG with the term “opportunity youth,” which in the context of this funding opportunity includes individuals from 16 to 24 years of age who are at risk of disconnection or are disconnected from the education system or employment, unhoused, in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or criminal legal systems, living in concentrated poverty, or are facing barriers to labor market participation. Opportunity youth include those that face chronic opportunity educational achievement gaps, attend schools in communities of concentrated poverty, or attend high schools with a negative school climate indicated by factors, including, but not limited to:

School attendance rates
Chronic absenteeism and truancy rates
Dropout rates and low graduation rates
Proficiency scores in English language arts and mathematics
Pupil suspension and expulsion rates
Eligible Applicants: Under the grant program, services shall be delivered primarily through collaborative, mission-driven, community-based organizations with experience in providing services to, and with relevant relationships with opportunity youth, consistent with the objectives of the grant program. DAS shall solicit proposals and select grant recipients from eligible applicants, including:

Community based organizations
Local educational agencies
County offices of education
Regional consortia of community college districts
Local intermediaries
Regional and local workforce development boards
Apprenticeship program sponsors
Organizations who contract with employers, local educational agencies, community-based organizations, labor, and other workforce development stakeholders.
DAS shall require that grant recipients demonstrate a commitment to high road principles, as described in subdivision (r) of Section 14005 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, and shall evaluate the performance of recipients based on those principles.

To be announced