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1 Serving Farmworker Youth
Jennifer Kemp February 5, 2015 AFPOP Washington, DC

2 Topics we will cover Brief Overview of WIA/WIOA
Program Considerations for Serving Youth and Young Adult Farmworkers Documentation and Legal Status Issues Resources that may be useful Others Topics we will cover

3 Vision To achieve and maintain an integrated, job-driven workforce system that links our diverse, talented workforce to our nation’s businesses and improves the quality of life for our citizens. Based on three key pillars of our system: One-Stop career centers provide first-rate customer service to jobseekers, workers, and businesses. The demands of businesses and workers drive workforce solutions. The workforce system supports strong regional economies. WIOA

4 WIOA Youth Formula Program
Focus on Out-of-School Youth Work Experiences Strong Case Management Comprehensive Service Delivery

5 14 Youth Program Elements
Tutoring, study skills training, instruction and dropout prevention and recovery strategies Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services Paid and unpaid work experiences Summer Employment Year-round Employment Pre-apprenticeship Internships Job Shadowing On-the-job Training Occupational skill training– that leads to a credential

6 Youth Program Elements (cont’d)
Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster (New Element) Leadership development opportunities Supportive services Adult mentoring for a duration of at least 12 months Follow-up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation

7 Youth Program Elements (cont’d)
Comprehensive guidance and counseling Financial literacy education (New Element) Entrepreneurial skills training (New Element) Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services (New Element) Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post- secondary education and training (New Element)

8 Youth Committees Youth Councils to Youth Committees – Strongly Encourage All online at

9 Program Considerations
Flexibility – Designing programs around the unique needs of the participants and “meeting them where they are at” allowing for flexibility and continued engagement is crucial for the success of the program and participants Program Considerations

10 Program Considerations
Strong Case Management –compassionate, knowledgeable, supportive and understanding staff Toolkit For Effective Front-line Services To Youth manual.pdf Effective Case Management, Workforce3One: dex.aspx Relationships –knowledgeable staff who connect with others in the community Program Considerations

11 Case Management Resources
Eligibility of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Participants for Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Act Programs - DACA participants with employment authorization may access any WIA services for which they otherwise would qualify. _2-14_Acc.pdf Case Management Resources

12 Program Considerations
Supportive Services – Offering or referring youth to needed additional services First Step: A Youth Practitioner's Resource Guide to Supportive Services: 12_Att.pdf Program Considerations

13 General Youth Resources
Visit Find funding opportunities related to youth Read cross-cutting content on youth issues Sign up for the newsletter And more! us at General Youth Resources #

14 Program Considerations
Basic skills and High School Diploma or Equivalent Attainment (low literacy and numeracy skills, limited English proficient, dropout recovery) Develop a realistic plan Early assessment Build partnerships Program Considerations

15 Program Considerations
Work readiness and career exploration resume building, soft skill or essential skill development that helps these youth learn teamwork, communication, time-management, conflict resolution, and how to dress appropriately for the job, among others. job fairs and mock interviews labor market information to help them better understand their employment and training options. Program Considerations

16 Career Exploration Resources
Career Exploration Resources

17 Program Considerations
Work experience opportunities –flexible, comprehensive workforce development programs can make a difference. Temporary off-seasons- positions to build their essential and basic skills and to earn a paycheck Significant engagement with businesses in your local area helps. A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers: Jobs for the Future, presents working models of successful employer engagement and lessons for securing and sustaining partnerships with employers. ls/A-Resource-Guide-to-Employer-Engagement pdf Program Considerations #

18 Program Considerations
Access to postsecondary education and training, including credentials – Program activities to support youth in accessing postsecondary options: providing assistance with financial aid applications, college campus tours and other supportive services to ensure success along their educational path. Program Considerations

19 Tuition Assistance Resources
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).  Scholarship Information ay/Scholarships.aspx

20 Program Considerations
Mentoring – Provide adult and employer-based mentoring. Mentoring Youth and Young Parents: A Guidebook for Programs Helping Youth and Young Parents Navigate a Pathway to Self-Sufficiency - ttachment.pdf Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring - way-to-work Program Considerations

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