Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor’s Office Awards $5.9M to Support Access to Workforce Development to Expand Employment Opportunities for Arizonans

October 27, 2023

PHOENIX — The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) has awarded approximately $5.9 million in grant funding to 16 organizations throughout Arizona. These organizations will implement best practices that address workforce needs while enhancing collaboration among local, regional, and statewide entities that support this work. Funding will support programs in Arizona's urban, rural, and tribal communities that serve the following target populations: currently and formerly incarcerated individuals; individuals involved or previously involved with the foster care system; disconnected youth; veterans; high school students preparing for college or a career; individuals unemployed and underemployed; individuals with disabilities; and individuals who have experienced trauma.

“Ensuring our citizens have the opportunity to receive the education or training needed for their long-term prosperity is a top priority for Arizona,” said Governor Katie Hobbs. “The funding allocated by our Office of Youth, Faith and Family will provide more Arizonans access to develop the skills necessary for a good-paying job. These efforts are critical to creating an Arizona for everyone while growing our state’s economy through a healthier, more dependable workforce.”

“The Governor and I are committed to transforming how Arizona delivers much-needed workforce development programs to Arizonans,” said GOYFF Cabinet Executive Officer (CEO) Tonya Hamilton. “I look forward to seeing the impact of these dollars on the lives of citizens across the State as we continue to expand opportunities for thriving futures.”

FY2024 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Governor’s Discretionary Fund Grant Awardees

  • Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc.
  • Arizona Career Development Center
  • Arizona Youth Partnership
  • Arouet Foundation 
  • Community Bridges, Inc.
  • First Place AZ
  • Foundation for Blind Children
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates
  • Maricopa County Human Services
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Per Scholas, Inc.
  • Pima County Community College District
  • Sun Life Health
  • Televerde Foundation, Inc.

The WIOA, Governor’s Discretionary Fund grant is awarded through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and administered by the United States Department of Labor. The grant is under the authority of all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, and policies, including those of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the applicable approved WIOA State Plan (including approved modifications and amendments to the plan), and any waiver plan approved under WIOA Section 189(i)(3) or Workforce Flexibility (Workflex) plan approved under WIOA Section 190, the negotiated performance levels and policies established under the Secretary’s authority under WIOA Section 116, and the applicable provisions in the appropriations act(s).

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