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Be a Career Pathways Presenter for the LINCS Virtual Conference

The Career Pathways Community is looking for proposals from across adult, higher education, and industry partners. Do you know a successful model, or program, that's meeting WIOA requirements? Are you finding new resources for supporting a broader group of learners, persons with disabilities, or English Language Learners?  Do you have some great strategies for contextualizing instruction? Consider sharing them with adult education peers nationwide.

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Posted On: 1/16/2018 11:26 AM

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SSA has issued a request for information

SSA today has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on strategies for improving the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving SSI. The input SSA receives will inform its deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients.

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Posted On: 1/10/2018 9:11 AM

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State Opioid Response Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants. 

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Posted On: 7/10/2018 3:17 PM

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Funding Opportunity For Apprenticeship Expansion in Key Industry Sectors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced $150 million in grants to support sector-based approaches to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors. When awarded, the grants will move a step closer to increasing the number of apprentices in the U.S. across all industries. 

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Posted On: 7/18/2018 1:50 PM

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces $22 Million in Grants to Aid in Opioid Epidemic Recovery

U.S. Department of Labor announced more than $22 million in National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant funding to six state grantees. The grants will be used to provide reemployment services for individuals impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

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Posted On: 7/30/2018 10:55 AM

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Join the 2019 Your Money, Your Goals cohort!

The Office of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is looking for approximately 40 organizations from across the country that are interested in using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit, issue-focused booklets, and companion guides to help build the financial well-being of the people they serve. 

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Posted On: 9/24/2018 12:10 PM

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Coaching Boys Into Men Three Part Webinar Series

Coaching Boys Into Men is excited to present a Three-Part Webinar Series featuring Athletes As Leaders, a companion program to CBIM for empowering female athletes! Athletes are given the tools to be leaders in changing peer norms and school climate into a culture of safety and respect.  Learn everything you need to know to get the program started in your community with our upcoming webinar series!

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Posted On: 2/5/2018 9:39 AM

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Grant Opportunity: Citi Foundation Launches RFP for $4.5MM Youth Workforce Fund

The Citi Foundation invites leading youth-focused community organizations to submit their innovative ideas for connecting low-income young adults, ages 16-24, to workplace skills training and employment opportunities including full-time jobs, internships and apprenticeships. 

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Posted On: 5/4/2018 10:57 AM

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Troops to Teachers: Defense Department Announces Funding Opportunity

The purpose of a grant opportunity is for one or more, consortia of such States, to receive grant funding to develop and implement a replicable model for attracting and assisting eligible members and former members of the armed forces to obtain employment as teachers.  

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Posted On: 5/22/2018 10:42 AM

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$20 million in grants to help Americans who are injured or ill remain in or return to the workforce

The grants represent the first phase of funding for Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Demonstration Projects, which will be administered by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the Department’s Employment and Training Administration  and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Posted On: 5/29/2018 9:43 AM

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Community Boost program

The Facebook Community Boost program is designed to help small businesses, nonprofits, workers and job seekers develop digital and social media skills

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Posted On: 3/28/2018 8:25 AM

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Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs looking for Youth Input

The Interagency Workgroup on Youth Programs, composed of representatives from 20 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth, relaunched its  Youth Engaged 4 Change website, after working with youth and young adults to develop the look of the site as well as the content. 

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Posted On: 10/5/2018 7:34 AM

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Energy Department Announces its Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to announce its Solar Decathlon student competition to challenge collegiate teams to design and build high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. The winners of the competition, which spans 2019 and 2020, are the teams that best blend design excellence with smart energy efficiency and renewable energy production. Teams interested in participating must submit an application and $100 application fee by November 6, 2018.

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Posted On: 11/5/2018 11:33 AM

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Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth

This call for nominations seeks experts in adolescent health fields to serve on a committee, convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to review key questions related to the effective implementation of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. The committee, using an optimal health lens, will explore the scientific and public health literature surrounding key elements or core components effective in improving behavioral outcomes for youth.  Learn more.

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Posted On: 11/26/2018 3:13 PM

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BankWorks$ Announces Launch of Program in Milwaukee

BankWork$ trains young adults from low income and minority communities for lasting careers in the financial services industry. BankWork$ classes are free for participants. The classes run for eight weeks and provide training in the skills needed for jobs as tellers, customer service representatives and personal bankers. BankWork$ also offers job interview practice, job placement assistance and ongoing coaching and mentoring to help with career advancement.

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Posted On: 11/8/2018 9:37 AM

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Apply by Nov. 26 to participate in the 2019 Youth Employment Success cohort

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the Bureau) has launched a short-turnaround search for youth employment programs that would like to join the Bureau’s 2019 Youth Employment Success (YES) Cohort.

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Posted On: 11/8/2018 10:33 AM

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces YouthBuild Funding Opportunity

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $85 million in grants to support and expand YouthBuild programs across the country. YouthBuild, a pre-apprenticeship model, provides at-risk youth ages 16-24 with education and occupational skill development to obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries.

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Posted On: 6/13/2018 1:57 PM

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Funding: Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education Students

The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education Students demonstration program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.051E.

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Posted On: 6/5/2018 9:25 AM

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Funding: OJJDP FY 2018 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse (specifically opioid abuse), truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors. Applications Due: June 28, 2018

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Posted On: 6/4/2018 1:24 PM

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Funding Notice: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victim in the Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications to support crime victims and to enhance community-driven responses to the current opioid crisis.1 This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, and tribal efforts to assist crime victims. Applications Due: July 10, 2018

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Posted On: 6/4/2018 1:14 PM

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SAMSHA Announces Funding to Support Project AWARE State Education Agency GRANTS

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) - State Education Agency (SEA) grants (Short Title: AWARE-SEA).  

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Posted On: 4/9/2018 11:24 AM

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Our Journey Together: Financial Literacy Month

By: Renee Browne, Division of Youth Services While today is the last day of April, National Financial Capability Month, we can all agree that youth financial literacy is of great importance all year round. 

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Posted On: 5/8/2018 2:46 PM

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Gap Inc. Expands Its Job Program For Opportunity Youth

Gap Inc. announces plans to significantly expand This Way Ahead, its life skills and on-the-job training program for Opportunity Youth, from 15 cities in 2017 to 53 cities globally. 

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Posted On: 8/20/2018 9:02 AM

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BLS releases their annual youth employment report

From April to July 2018, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.0 million to 20.9 million. In 2018, 55.0 percent of young people were employed in July, little changed from a year earlier. (The month of July typically is the summertime peak in youth employment.) The unemployment rate for youth was 9.2 percent in July, also little changed from July 2017.

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Posted On: 8/21/2018 8:55 AM

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International Youth Day 2018

There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. But 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million of them are out of school. Political instability, labor market challenges and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth in societies.

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Posted On: 8/6/2018 2:04 PM

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Department of Treasury announces $66.3M for Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act

The Department of Treasury recently announced $66.3M in funding for the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA). SIPPRA provides funding for state and local government organizations that show outcomes in specific social impact areas in such areas as Housing, Justice, Parenting & Families, Education, Health, and Workforce Development. 

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Posted On: 4/1/2019 12:10 PM

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USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

USDA Rural Development will begin accepting the first round of applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) on April 23, 2019, through reconnect.usda.gov. 

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Posted On: 4/1/2019 12:19 PM

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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD will select up to 11 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Five of the 11 selected communities will be rural communities.

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Posted On: 4/1/2019 12:42 PM

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Funding Opportunity: NIDA HEAL Opioid Prevention Initiative

Department/Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Application Deadline: March 13, 2019 These funding opportunities are part of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) initiative to speed scientific solutions to the national opioid public health crisis:

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Posted On: 1/22/2019 12:56 PM

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New grant initiative aimed at expanding high-quality youth apprenticeship programs

JFF has joined New America and other national partners in seeking applicants for a new grant initiative aimed at expanding high-quality youth apprenticeship programs.

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Posted On: 1/22/2019 12:36 PM

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Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education will publish a notice in the January 28 FEDERAL REGISTER inviting  applications for selection of up to 10 performance partnership pilots for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and up to 10 performance partnership pilots for FY2019 under the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth authority.  The pre-publication version is available here. 

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Posted On: 1/28/2019 12:12 PM

Jobs, Skills, and Employment: Building a Better Workforce
Pathways to Careers and College: Examples, Evidence, and Prospects (MDRC)

This report describes some of the most prominent of these “pathway” models, identifies localities where the approach has gained the most traction, discusses the underlying principles that characterize the most promising  programs, and briefly presents the evidence of their potential to make a difference.

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Posted On: 7/30/2018 11:24 AM

National Coalition for College Completion Announces Nationwide Mobilization
DOL shares two credential resources

These two guides provide current information and resources about the options for high school equivalency and about the general topic of college and career ready academic standards. In addition to the guides, ETA developed two short webcasts to introduce the guides, beginning with an overview of the documents purpose and content, followed by a section-by-section summary. 

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Posted On: 10/26/2017 11:31 AM

Webinar! What's in Your Piggy Bank? Motivating Young First-Time Workers to Save
Getting Young People on the Path to Financial Success

Secretary Perez announces a partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in coordination with the League of Cities, to integrate financial literacy skills training into state and city summer jobs programs.

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Posted On: 5/1/2019 9:01 AM

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ADWS Launches Lifestyle Budget Calculator

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services’ Labor Market Information division has officially launched the new version of Real-Life Arkansas, a website featuring a lifestyle budget calculator, targeted toward Arkansas high school and college students to help them plan for the future based on the lifestyle they want to achieve.

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Posted On: 10/26/2017 10:53 AM

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SUMMER JOBS + SUMMER MEALS = SUMMER OPPORTUNITY!

A new article released by USDA encourages employers to take advantage of the free meals for summer youth employees, under age 18, through the USDA Summer Meal Programs.  Job Programs employing youth ages 18 and under can serve free meals to them on-site through the USDA Summer Meal Programs or encourage youth employees to visit a Summer Meal sight for breakfast and lunch.

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Posted On: 5/1/2019 4:22 PM

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Ensuring Working Youth Start Saving with Their First Paycheck

MyPath Ensures Working Youth and Young Adults Get Banked and Start Saving When They Earn Their First Paycheck:

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Posted On: 12/20/2017 8:40 AM

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Webinar: Paper Thin? Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal

The Alliance for Excellent Education has explored rising high school graduation rates and low levels of postsecondary readiness among traditionally underserved students in the forthcoming report, Paper Thin? Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal. 

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Posted On: 7/18/2017 12:13 PM

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Updates to US Department of Labor's GetMyFuture site!

Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Labor launched GetMyFuture.org, a mobile-friendly web application that helps youth plan their careers, explore education and training options, and search and apply for jobs. The app is one of many resources found at CareerOneStop, a website to help people plan and achieve their career, education, and employment goals.  

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Posted On: 6/18/2018 12:53 PM

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Upcoming Webinar on Transportation Access, June 28, 2017

Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse is hosting a Webinar: Transportation Access and Its Importance to Economic Mobility and Family Self-Sufficiency Location/ Wednesday, June 28, 2017; 2:00-3:30pm. 

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Posted On: 6/21/2017 10:26 AM

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WEBINAR: Employment, Benefits and Financial Planning for Transitioning Service Members

 April 26, 2017 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration  The webcast will help you navigate the free employment, training, benefits and financial education resources available to assist you, whether your employment is with a private sector employer or the Federal government.  

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Posted On: 4/18/2017 1:03 PM

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Youth Training and Employment Guidance Letter!

Third Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Formula Program Guidance Purpose: To provide guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of WIOA Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA.  

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Posted On: 10/26/2017 12:06 PM

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Youth Cohort Challenge: Short Applications Due December 15, 2017

Is effectively engaging and retaining OSY a challenge in your local area? How would you like to be part of a diverse and dynamic group consisting of participants from around the country that focuses on tackling this issue head-on?  Apply now to participate in the Youth Cohort Challenge.

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Posted On: 11/29/2017 11:32 AM

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Reentry Week 2017, April 24-28, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Reentry Week cordially invites you to celebrate a series of events and activities, April 24-28, 2017, highlighting issues, as well as resources for those roughly 600,000 recently incarcerated citizens as they return to their communities and families. 

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Posted On: 4/18/2017 4:15 PM

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It’s coming…are YOU ready?

The Division of Youth Services is excited to launch its technical assistance (TA) series for youth practitioners in the Fall and we can’t wait to get things started! This series focuses on various Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth-related topics from eligibility to youth committees.

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Posted On: 8/24/2017 11:33 AM

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#Gen2Gen Summer Challenge!

The #Gen2GenSummer Challenge is part of Encore.org’s Generation to Generation campaign, a national effort to inspire adults over 50 to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth. 

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Posted On: 5/1/2017 2:53 PM

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Report from CLASP explores “Equity Measures”

In a majority of states, funding for public postsecondary institutions is partially based on performance or outcomes. CLASP suggests states need to build robust “equity measures” into their funding formulas. Research implies that using outcomes-based funding without equity measures disincentivizes colleges from helping low-income, underprepared, and/or adult students, as well as students of color, enter and complete programs.  

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Posted On: 10/26/2017 11:39 AM

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National 4-H E-Academy on Diversity and Inclusion

Department/Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture Dates: October 2 – October 23, 2017 

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Posted On: 10/2/2017 11:39 AM

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It's here! Our Journey Together: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series!

The Youth Services Team within the Employment and Training Administration is launching "Our Journey Together: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series" to support the workforce system in their programming efforts to improve outcomes for youth.

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Posted On: 10/2/2017 11:59 AM

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Share your good work and advance the field! Youth Committees Successes and Lessons Learned!

Because you are the expert in this work, we want to provide you an opportunity to share with your colleagues on a Discussion, Youth Committees Successes and Lessons Learned: Share your good work and advance the field!,  how your Youth Committee has been successful at advancing your state or local area’s youth goals and what have been the challenges.

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Posted On: 9/29/2017 10:24 AM

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If you liked it, don’t forget to “like” it!

It’s always great to know the resources we are sharing on our Community of Practice are useful to you and your team. 

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Posted On: 9/6/2017 9:14 AM

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Introducing the Grads of Life Campaign

The Grads of Life Public Service Announcement campaign initially launched in September 2014 and, to date, has received more than $81 million in donated media support. In partnership with the Ad Council, we have recently launched a new series of ads to address this critical employment gap and introduce employers to the incredible business benefits of working with Opportunity Youth — unemployed young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are an often an overlooked talent pool.

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Posted On: 6/5/2018 10:29 AM

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The month of May explores youth issues

The Month of May explores several youth issues:  Global Youth Traffic Safety  National Foster Care  National Teen Pregnancy Prevention 

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Posted On: 6/11/2019 8:59 AM

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YouthBuild Grant Opportunity

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $85 million in grant funds authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub.  L. 113-128) for YouthBuild.

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Posted On: 6/26/2019 1:06 PM

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HUD Announces Funding Opportunity to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), in conjunction with the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Victim Crimes (OVC), will make a $13,500,000 available for grants to eligible organizations to implement and provide housing and trauma-informed, victim-centered services to victims of human trafficking.

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Posted On: 7/3/2019 10:42 AM

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MAKES MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ON APPRENTICESHIP EXPANSION

The U.S. Department of Labor announced major milestones in the continuing effort to expand apprenticeships in the United States.

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Posted On: 7/9/2019 9:25 AM

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2020 Your Money Your Goals Cohort

If your organization serves economically vulnerable populations and you are interested in gaining more intensive support for your consumer financial empowerment efforts, you can apply for the Your Money, Your Goals 2020 cohort. 

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Posted On: 8/13/2019 3:41 PM

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EPA Announces Opportunity to Apply for Technical Assistance for “Local Foods, Local Places” Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an opportunity to apply for technical assistance for communities interested in revitalizing neighborhoods through development of local food systems. The assistance will be provided through the Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) program.  

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Posted On: 8/14/2019 8:54 AM

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019!

The fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held November 11-17, 2019. 

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Posted On: 9/23/2019 2:25 PM

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WIOA Performance Indicators' Summer E-Learning Series

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, in collaboration with the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration, introduces a new series of interactive e-Learning modules that explain select WIOA performance accountability concepts.

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Posted On: 8/24/2018 3:44 PM

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Marketing and Community Outreach are Key to Sustainability Planning

A primary concern for any grant-funded programming is what will happen when the grant ends and that funding is no longer available. To ensure that you can continue to serve your communities, the Four Pillars Model  (Internal Support, Marketing and Outreach, Partnership Development, and Resource Development) provides an effective strategy for sustainability. 

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Posted On: 11/8/2018 1:51 PM

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Make Your Social Media Sing

Social media is always changing and staying on top of the trends can be frustrating for someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time each day in the social space. Here are two things to understand to make the most out of each day’s efforts.

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Posted On: 10/11/2017 2:33 PM

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Reengaging Opportunity Youth to Improve Life Outcomes

Over the last decade, decision makers have given greater attention to young adults who are neither working nor in school, as these young people face many challenges during the transition into adulthood. Various projects have been created across the nation to find ways to successfully reengage these youth in the labor market. These reports take a closer look at building career paths for youth to not only improve their life outcomes, but also to help meet America's workforce needs.

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Posted On: 1/11/2018 5:21 PM

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces YouthBuild Funding Opportunity

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $85 million in grants to support and expand YouthBuild programs across the country. YouthBuild, a pre-apprenticeship model, provides at-risk youth ages 16-24 with education and occupational skill development to obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries.

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Posted On: 5/21/2018 11:29 AM

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WorkforceGPS Is Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level; Chat (Beta Version) Now Available!

We know you’ve been in love with WorkforceGPS for a while now, and things are getting pretty serious. That’s why we’re excited to help you take things to the next level and introduce you to Chat.

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Posted On: 10/27/2017 10:49 AM

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BIA - Branch of Water Resources Workforce Opportunity

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Branch of Water Resources has some information on these two workforce development programs. Please visit link for more information.  https://www.bia.gov/bia/ots/division-natural-resources/branch-water-resources

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Posted On: 9/25/2019 11:34 AM