AMES, Iowa – April 24, 2014 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing five grant awards in association with the Urban Youth Corps (UYC) program. The grants were awarded to the city of Dubuque (Leisure Services Department); Dubuque County Conservation Board; Friends of Hartman Reserve, in Cedar Falls; Iowa County Conservation Board; and Optimae LifeServices, in Iowa City, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers, in Coralville.
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. Youth in areas of the state awarded grants interested in working for one of the sponsors should contact the sponsor group directly.
Examples of eligible transportation-related work projects include pedestrian and bicycle facilities; safe routes for nondriver projects and systems; conversion and use of abandoned railway corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising; historic preservation of transportation facilities; vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; archeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of transportation projects eligible under Title 23 of the United States Code; any environmental mitigation activity; projects eligible under Safe Routes to Schools, Transportation Alternatives, National Scenic Byways, and federal Recreational Trails; and other similar projects.
More information about UYC can be found on the Iowa DOT’s website at www.iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Urban_Youth_Corps.htm or contact Jennifer Kolacia, UYC program manager, 515-239-1788 or email@example.com.