Iowa DOT announces Urban Youth Corps program grant awards
AMES, Iowa – March 25, 2009 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is announcing grant awards to six groups in association with the Urban Youth Corps (UYC) program. The grants are being awarded to Black Hawk County Conservation Board; Dubuque County Conservation Board; Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (Wabash Trace Nature Trail); Mahaska County Conservation Board; ResCare Inc. of Iowa, partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Coralville Reservoir in Iowa City); and Trees Forever (Linn County). Youth in these areas of the state that are interested in working for one of the sponsors should contact the sponsor group directly.
Funded through a combination of federal dollars and local match, the UYC program seeks to provide transportation-related employment and training opportunities to youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who face barriers to employment, and to accomplish meaningful and productive improvements to transportation facilities.
Examples of eligible transportation-related work projects include: pedestrian and bicycle facilities; pedestrian and bicycle safety and educational activities; acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites; scenic or historic highway programs, including tourist and welcome centers; landscaping and scenic beautification; historic preservation; rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities; conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails; inventory, control and removal of outdoor advertising; archaeological planning and research; environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity; establishment of transportation museums; and other similar projects.
For more information, go to http://www.sysplan.dot.state.ia.us/Urban_Youth_Corps.htm
or contact Rebecca Law, UYC program manager at 515-239-1738 or [email protected].