On October 24 – 25, 2017, the Division of Youth Services kicked off its latest round of technical assistance - Our Journey Together: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series!

We had close to 2,000 people register for each session, demonstrating the interest and excitement of coming together to grow the field and learn from one another!   

We hosted four webinars in two days. If you didn’t get a chance to join us, or want a recap, the recordings are available at the links below.

  • Our JourneyTogether: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series Kick-off got us started on our TA road together.  The Division of Youth Services provided an overview of key priorities of the program and laid out a plan for engaging with you all over the coming year in identifying and delivering TA.  
  • WIOA Youth Eligibility Live Question and Answer Session reviewed how to determine whether an individual met eligibility requirements for in-school or out-of-school youth. We also discussed a number of questions on how to determine eligibility as well as highlighted many technical assistance resources to help you determine youth eligibility.
  • Coming Together at the Table-The Power of Youth Committees to Convene, Coordinate and Collectively provided us a platform to share effective practices on engaging youth committees.  We highlighted three youth committees representing urban and rural localities from the east coast, west coast and Midwest.  These presenters offered a wealth of information focused on overcoming challenges and that proposed solutions which helped make them successful.  We learned what it takes to build an effective youth committee, including engaging parents and youth as members, networking with employers, and incorporating innovative service delivery strategies to serve out-of-school youth.     
  • WIOA Youth Performance Accountability presented what youth service providers need to know about WIOA youth performance measurement, including determining when participation, exit, and follow-up occur, as well as defining all of the new WIOA performance indicators.  Lots of great questions were asked and we tried to answer as many of them as possible.

We are culling through all of the questions and feedback we received from all of you during the webinars.  Our next steps are to review all of your suggestions for upcoming topics and add them to our technical assistance plan for the series.  We will want to make sure the questions you posed during the webinars will be addressed in the technical assistance we provide.

If you have any outstanding suggestions for TA, please let us know in the comment section below or in our discussion thread titled: “General Youth WIOA Questions.”

Also, please share your WIOA Youth Success Stories with us! 

We would love to hear about what’s working for you in the field. We all look forward to continuing our journey together!