In Feb. 2009, the Obama administration gave out two-year, stimulus-funded grants of $435 million for hundreds of "green collar" job-training programs across the country. The intent of the grants was to help the people most impacted by the recession -- young people from low-income communities and laid-off blue-collar workers -- gain skills and jobs in the emerging fields of renewable energy. Last year, the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds without a high school diploma was 33 percent -- the highest since 1947. I decided then to follow the story of one green-collar job-training class in Richmond. Many of the trainees I met were single parents or high school dropouts who couldn't get jobs, and some had lost faith in their ability to control their future.