- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor is looking to award grants to local programs focused on helping juvenile offenders enter the workforce.

The department announced Thursday that the grant application period is open for the $44 million “Face Forward” program, aimed at improving long-term job prospects for juvenile offenders.

The Birmingham-based Dannon Project received $1 million through the program last year to provide juvenile offenders with support services, training and more to help them work toward meaningful employment.

This year’s round of grants is expected to fund programs over a 39-month period. Officials say offenders between the ages of 14 and 24 who have never been involved in the adult federal, state or local criminal justice systems are eligible to be served through the program.