With the U.S. Capitol as its stage, Job Corps celebrated its 45th birthday last month with robotics demonstrations and testimonies from youths who credited the program with turning around their lives. For coverage of the event, go to Latest News at http://www.youthtoday.org.
Created: 1964 as part of the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty.
Funding: $1.68 billion in fiscal 2009. Authorized under the Workforce Investment Act.
Youth served: 60,000 a year (ages 16 through 24), 42,000 at any given time, making it the nation’s largest education and training program for disadvantaged youth. The dormitory-based program runs 123 centers around the country.
Administration: Housed in the U.S. Department of Labor. Lynn A. Intrepidi is interim director.
Contact: (202) 693-3000, http://www.jobcorps.gov.