More than $600,000 was given to the YouthBuild Charter School in York City with a U.S. Department of Labor grant.

It's the second time the Crispus Attucks Association-run school has received the grant, which involved a competitive application process, school officials said.

The grant money was part of about $47 million allocated to YouthBuild programs throughout the country, spurred by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. York City's school received $687,500.

The school is designed for older students who no longer attend high school as a way to get their diplomas or an equivalency, as well as training in the construction industry.

YouthBuild targets students who have been in the juvenile justice system, are getting too old for foster care or have dropped out of high school.

As part of the grant, the school will be required to do follow-ups with graduating students for two years, to make sure they are following through on promises to enroll in college, join the military or get a job, said Holly Gould, who assisted on the grant application.

Gould is the assistant director for the school's center for employment and training. The grant, she said, has been good news for everyone at the school.

"The youth are excited," Gould said.

Gould said the money will go toward operational expenses.

YouthBuild graduated 40 students this month and plans to have at least 100 students participating throughout the next school year.


-- Reach Andrew Shaw at 505-5431 or ashaw@yorkdis