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Preparing The Emerging Workforce

  1. 1. Preparing the Emerging Workforce Workforce Investment Act Youth Program Opportunities Laura Goldring & Brad Williams
  2. 2. Workforce Investment Act of 1998 <ul><li>Eligible youth will be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ages 14 through 21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face challenge(s) to successful workforce entry: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(1) school dropout </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(2) basic literacy skills deficiency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(3) homeless, runaway, or foster child </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(4) pregnant or a parent </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(5) an offender </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(6) need help completing an educational program or securing and holding a job. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Program Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare youth for college, training, or employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link academic and occupational learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong ties to employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should include tutoring & study skills training; alternative school services; mentoring; work experience; occupational skills training; leadership development; appropriate supportive services; guidance & counseling; and follow-up services for at least one year, as appropriate. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Program Design Cont… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Programs must provide summer employment opportunities linked to academic and occupational learning. The mix of year-round and summer activities is left to local discretion. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How does the process begin? <ul><li>Local Area Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview (Mutual Suitability) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eligibility Determination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>95% of applicants must be Low Income </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Receives / Family receives Federal, State, or local income-based public assistance program cash payments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total family income does not exceed the poverty line </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Receives / Received Food Stamps within past 6 months </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homeless Individual </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Child currently in the system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual with a disability </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Eligibility Determination Cont… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% of applications must face at least one of the following challenges to entering the workforce: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Skills Deficient </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Dropout </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Homeless, runaway, or foster child </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pregnant or parenting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offender </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment (including youth with a disability)* </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>*5% over income youth may have additional criterion according to local area definition </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Any individual under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign all documentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof of Age: birth certificate, drivers license, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizenship: SS card, birth certificate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selective Service Registration (Males Only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Income and Size: pay stubs, letter from employer OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Assistance Verification: TW-3 from Dept of Human Services, SSI, TANF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Categories Documentation </li></ul></ul>Eligibility Documentation
  8. 8. What’s the next step in the process? <ul><li>Following eligibility determination and approval, an Individual Service Strategy (ISS) is developed with the participant to determine which services would best accommodate the participant’s needs and develop the skills which are currently needed in the workforce </li></ul>
  9. 9. Individual Service Strategy (ISS) <ul><li>1 – 1.5 hour process including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Research (OKCIS or Career Clusters Survey) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An Inventory Form (self assessment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supportive Services Needs Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISS Planning Worksheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Skill Goals Worksheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services and Training Worksheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OSL Employment Plan </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>ISS Cont… </li></ul>Element Services 1. Tutoring Study Skills Training Tutoring 2. Alternative Secondary School Offerings Alternative Secondary School Offerings 3. Summer Employment Opportunities Summer Employment Opportunities 4. Work Experience Internships Job Shadowing Work Experience 5. Occupational Skills Training Occupational Skills Training On The Job Training 6. Leadership Development Opportunities Community & Service Learning Projects Exposure to Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Life Skills Training Organizational & Team Work Training Peer-Centered Activities Pre - Employment Skills Training in Decision Making
  11. 11. <ul><li>ISS Cont… </li></ul>Element Services 7. Supportive Services Child Care Assistance Emergency or Short Term Housing Assistance General Transportation Assistance Work Clothing, Equipment, Tools 8. Adult Mentoring Services Adult Mentoring 9. Follow Up Services Follow-Up Services 10. Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Program Design Career Planning Individual Service Strategy Objective Assessment Non-Countable Services Case Management ARRA Services ARRA Extended Work Experience ARRA Individual Services Strategy (ARRA ISS) ARRA Summer Employment
  12. 12. Service Delivery <ul><li>Individualized based on participant’s needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group Setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computer based learning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic enrichment activities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Average time = 1 year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determined by number of needed services </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Performance Measures
  14. 14. Partnering Information <ul><li>In most local areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment Focus = 30 – 50% Out of School Youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited number of slots available for 14 – 16 year olds due to the higher number of resources available to the in school, younger youth population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited number of slots available overall due to grant funding availability </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Partnering Suggestions <ul><li>Contact your local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and ask about local area youth initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Request a position on your local WIB Youth Council </li></ul><ul><li>Refer the youth on your program to the local area youth program and request that they do the same whenever you have a good referral fit i.e. program requirements match up </li></ul>
  16. 16. Local Workforce Investment Areas