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1 WIA Reauthorization An Opportunity to Build Support for Intermediary Organizations

2 Building Support for Intermediaries Purposes of this Session 1. Acquaint iNet members with information on youth workforce development legislation, and suggest tools for action.

3 Building Support for Intermediaries Purposes of this Session 2. Discuss rationale for an iNet position on WIA reauthorization.

4 Building Support for Intermediaries Purposes of this Session 3. Discuss and reach consensus on approaches to language that authorizes funding for intermediary organizations.

5 Building Support for Intermediaries Bottom Line: Win adoption of language in WIA, and other youth workforce development-related statutes, that authorizes funding support for local intermediary organizations.

6 Building Support for Intermediaries The Legislative Year Ahead  Workforce Investment Act  Adult Education  Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Ed Act  Higher Education Act  IDEA  TANF

7 Building Support for Intermediaries The Legislative Year Ahead Possible Outcomes:  Legislative gridlock and short-term extensions  Straightforward reauthorizations will little change  Interconnections between and among related statutes that promote youth workforce development systems

8 Building Support for Intermediaries Legislative Committees and Subcommittees House of Representatives  Committee on Education and the Workforce  Subcommittee on 21 st Century Competitiveness

9 Building Support for Intermediaries Legislative Committees and Subcommittees 21 st Century Competitiveness Subcommittee  McKeon, Chair (CA)Mink, Ranking (HI)  Isakson (GA)Tierney (MA)  Castle (DE)Kind (WI)  Johnson (TX)Holt (NJ  Graham (SC)Wu (OR)  Souder (IN)Rivers (MI)  Upton (MI)McCollum (MN)  Ehlers (MI)Andrews (NJ)  Goodlatte (VA)Hinojosa (TX)  Osborne (NE)

10 Building Support for Intermediaries Legislative Committees and Subcommittees Senate  Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions  Subcommittee on Children and Families  Subcommittee on Employment, Safety and Training

11 Building Support for Intermediaries Health, Education, Labor and Pensions  Kennedy (MA) ChairGregg (NH) Ranking  Dodd (CT)Frist (TN)  Harkin (IA)Enzi (WY)  Mikulski (MD)Hutchinson (AR)  Jeffords (VT) (I)Warner (VA)  Bingaman (NM)Bond (MO)  Wellstone (MN)Roberts (KS)  Murray (WA)Collins (ME)  Reed (RI)Sessions (AL)  Edwards (NC)DeWine (OH)  Clinton (NY)

12 Building Support for Intermediaries Why should iNet members care about WIA reauthorization? 1. WIA elements embody research-based effective practices. 2. WIA offers a governance structure that promotes system-building. 3. WIA elements are consistent with STW principles and other experiential learning strategies.

13 Building Support for Intermediaries Who Stands Where? USDOL  Youth access to one-stops  Improved linkages to services and jobs  Better approaches to serve OSY  Connections to career and technical education, and to community colleges

14 Building Support for Intermediaries Who Stands Where? National Youth Employment Coalition  Support ten elements  Expand income eligibility and ease determination  Rationalize performance system  Stay the course on OSY  Core services for all youth  Build capacity of Youth Councils  Enhance connections between WIA and TANF  Retain local flexibility  Maintain Youth Opportunity Grant program

15 Building Support for Intermediaries What Should iNet support?  Research-based effective practices  Expanded eligibility  Core services for all youth  Enhanced roles for Youth Councils  Funding for local intermediary organizations

16 Building Support for Intermediaries What’s the Rationale? 1.Intermediaries have proven track records in connecting schools, employers and youth through brokering, convening, promoting policies and ensuring quality. As such, intermediaries enhance efforts, like WIA, that are designed to promote the establishment of youth workforce development systems. This added value deserves financial support.

17 Building Support for Intermediaries What’s the Rationale? 2. Intermediaries address gaps identified in the WIA system, and can be integral to the effective functioning of Youth Councils and the overall WIA youth system. Thus, funding should be made available to WIBs/Youth Councils to support the costs of intermediary functions.

18 Building Support for Intermediaries What’s the Rationale? GAO Report  Some youth councils can’t connect with schools because schools won’t support youth workforce development activities due to academic pressure  Some youth councils find it difficult to craft the partnerships needed to coordinate youth programs  Many youth councils are dissatisfied with the number and quality of program providers.

19 Building Support for Intermediaries What’s the Rationale? What’s the Rationale? GAO Report  Specific mention of connections between WIA elements and STW principles  Experience in collaboration and a focus on youth development cited as two factors that promoted success for youth councils.

20 Building Support for Intermediaries What’s the Language?  Strengthen “Program Design” language in Section 129, making connections to intermediaries more prominent, and including schools as well as employers and jobs  Build on Massachusetts Connecting Activities Act and other successful models to bolster case for funding  Include iNet in National Programs section

21 Building Support for Intermediaries Next Steps …

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