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.

Connecting with, and engaging out-of-school youth (OSY) is one of the biggest challenges youth providers of all types struggle with. From finding and recruiting OSY, to keeping them engaged throughout their program lifespan, success can often be a moving target, and difficult to achieve. Effective engagement and retention requires planning, a skilled staff and ongoing efforts to sustain success. When looking at this issue at the local level, discussion often focuses on:

  • Program Design, Elements and Participant Flow
  • Positive Youth Development Principles and Relationship Building
  • Community Partnerships, Collaboration and Sustainability

The Department of Labor is looking to select teams of 3-5 participants from local areas that will collaborate through an organized process to develop solutions to improve system integration around the question, “What Does It Take to Effectively Engage and Retain Out-of-School Youth Throughout the Program Lifespan?”

The Cohort process will cover 12 weeks during February-April, 2018.  Applications are due December 15, 2017.  For more information on the Youth Cohort Challenge and to apply, click on the documents below: