Presentation on theme: "All Aboard? Presented to: Project 10: Transition Education Network Region 3 Winter Institute January 17, 2012 Presented by: Dawn Hamilton, NextGen Recruiter."— Presentation transcript:
1 All Aboard?Presented to: Project 10: Transition Education Network Region 3 Winter Institute January 17, Presented by: Dawn Hamilton, NextGen Recruiter
3 Making the CaseWorkforce development is especially important for youth with disabilities because research shows that they are more likely to be out of school, unemployed, or incarcerated. (Source: In the population of youth ages 15 to 24, 11 percent of individuals have disabilities. (Source: 24% of NextGen participants have a self-disclosed disability.
4 Familiar Stats December 2011 Labor Force Participation People with disabilities: 20.7% People without disabilities: 69.3%Unemployment RatePeople with disabilities: 13.5% People without disabilities: 8.1%(Source:
5 What entities make up the Workforce Development System? (Isn’t this fun?)What entities make up the Workforce Development System?
6 Workforce Development System (State/Local Levels) State and local workforce investment boardsState and local career and technical education and adult education agenciesVocational rehabilitation agenciesRecognized apprenticeship programs[Career one-stop centers]State and local welfare agenciesAnd/or sub-units of these entities
8 The Shared Youth Vision In response to the White House task force report, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Social Security Administration, Transportation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service formed a Federal Partnership with a focus on serving the neediest youth.
9 The Shared Youth Vision Mission To serve as a catalyst at the national, state, and local levels to strengthen coordination, communication, and collaboration among youth-serving agencies to support the neediest youth and their healthy transition to successful adult roles and responsibilities.
10 The Shared Youth Vision Results By implementing a Shared Youth Vision, all youth service organizations and the youth and communities benefit through: • Better use of resources • Better outcomes for programs • Better futures for our youth and our economy
12 Who We AreLocal workforce investment boards One-stop career centers
13 “The Unemployment Office” Who We’re NOT“The Unemployment Office”
14 What We DoBoardsDevelopment / oversight of workforce development programs in assigned regionSelects One-Stop service providersSelects occupational skills training providersMonitors local system performanceDevelops local performance measuresServes under local Board of DirectorsBusiness drivenIncludes Youth Council
15 What We Do Youth Council Includes parents, WIA Youth program participants and other members of the community with special interest or expertise in youth policy, programs, and services.
16 What We Do One-Stop Career Centers Provides training Individual Training Accounts (ITAs)Services that improve employment potentialCore – available to allIntensive – available to eligible customersServices provided via full service, satellite, and mobile sites, network of mandatory / eligible One-Stop partners
17 What We Do One-Stop Career Centers Core Services Outreach Intake OrientationInitial assessmentEligibility determination for additional servicesJob search / placement assistanceCareer counselingLabor market information
18 What We Do One-Stop Career Centers Intensive Services For unemployed unable to obtain employment through core services.Comprehensive / specialized assessmentIndividual employment planCounseling / career planningShort term prevocational services
19 What We Do One-Stop Career Centers (Occupational Skills) Training ServicesFor eligible customers not able to obtain employment via core and intensive servicesIndividual Training Accounts (ITAs)Choose among approved training providersProviders approved through competitive process based on performance-related information
20 What We Do One-Stop Career Centers Youth Services WIA Youth eligibility appliesYounger youth (14-18) / Older youth (19-21)In schoolOut of schoolDropoutGraduated but areBasic skills deficientUnemployedUnderemployed
21 What We Do One-Stop Career Centers Youth Services 10 mandated program elements (per WIA regs)Offered through provider or via referral to other community resources
22 Brevard WorkforceThe Brevard Workforce Development Board is a regional public/private partnership under Workforce Florida, Inc. Workforce Boards create local workforce development systems through one-stop career centers which combine multiple federal, state, and local program funds.
23 Brevard WorkforceA Workforce In Motion We provide workforce solutions to help keep businesses operating and thriving.
24 Brevard WorkforceWe assist many businesses with meeting their hiring, retention and training needs–continuing to help businesses evolve year to year. We help area companies manage periods of downsizing, partnering with others to bring forward resources to best serve the business and its affected employees.
25 Brevard WorkforceWe help transitioning workers find their way, open doors to new careers and help them meet the challenges of change.We welcome youth into the workforce and help them gain soft skills, training, experience and confidence.
26 Brevard WorkforceWe welcome veterans home, show them opportunities and help them make their way back to work. We assist military families to transition to work here, and help them prepare to be successful in their next location.We counsel mature workers, assist disabled workers, meet welfare to work challenges and work to cut the red tape for those who can work and want to work.
27 Brevard WorkforceWe help businesses and individuals plan ahead. We help discover or create specific training our workers need to succeed. We’re a community agency with deep roots and great pride in our role. We keep the pulse on workforce trends, regional evolution and economic developments.
28 Brevard WorkforceWe partner with others to make certain our efforts are effective, sustainable and collaborative. We’re a catalyst for workforce development and a link in the chain of economic development. We study the region, the state and the nation to bring best practices to Brevard.
29 “Bring it Back Y’all”We welcome youth into the workforce and help them gain soft skills, training, experience and confidence.We counsel mature workers, assist disabled workers, meet welfare to work challenges and work to cut the red tape for those who can work and want to work.
30 FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS 16-21. Make a choice. Make a plan FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS Make a choice. Make a plan. Make it a reality. The world of work is changing at an ever-increasing pace! Are you ready to compete? Do you have the skills? Discover NextGen. Plot your course, get needed skills, develop a professional image and gain confidence!
31 The j-trackIf your goal is to become immediately employed, choose the j track—Job Track and quickly get the tools you need to start earning money. This track gives you access to the following available assistance**:Learn job search techniquesGet work readiness trainingGet career coaching and planning assistanceAchieve placement into employment or militaryLook into assistance with transportation and/or childcareAchieve a goal … Earn a bonus!**Assistance is offered as-needed and based on available funding.
32 The t-trackIf your NextGen plan indicates that you’ll need additional skills training to meet your goals, then enter the t track—Training Track* and gain access to the following available assistance**:Enroll in a skills training programGet career coaching and planning assistanceLook into assistance with transportation, childcare, tuition, exam/credential fees and/or tutoringGet continued support after placementAchieve a goal … Earn a bonus!*Training must lead to a recognized credential.**Assistance is offered as-needed and based on available funding.
33 Eligibility (Per DOL WIA Youth Funding Policy) Youth must be ages AND…Low incomeThere is a five percent window for non-low-income youth if they experience one or more specified barriers to school completion or employment.AND…
34 Eligibility (Per DOL WIA Youth Regs) Meet at least one of the specified barriers to employment:Basic Skills DeficientSchool DropoutHomeless or RunawayFoster ChildPregnant or ParentingOffenderIs an individual (including a youth with a disability) who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment
35 Program Elements (Per DOL WIA Youth Regs) Objective assessment of each youth’s skill level and service needsIndividual service strategyPreparation for postsecondary educational opportunities and unsubsidized employmentStrong linkages between academic and occupational learningEffective connections to the job market and employers
36 Program Elements (Per DOL WIA Youth Regs) Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout preventionAlternative school servicesAdult mentoringOccupational skills trainingPaid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing
37 Program Elements (Per DOL WIA Youth Regs) Leadership development opportunitiesSupportive services (i.e. transportation)Follow-up services for not less than 12 months as appropriateComprehensive guidance and counselingSummer employment opportunities
38 Appreciate Diversity!Local control over program design = variations in how services may be accessed / offered.BrandingReferral / admissions processServices provided onsite or by referralLevel of “face time” engagementTargeted age groups (younger, older, combination)At the One-Stop vs. through a youth-based CBOCareer Coaches, Staffing Specialists, Youth Specialists
39 Brevard Workforce Initiatives Special Project GrantsProject CRAFTConstruction pre-apprenticeship programBusiness Learning SessionsTapping into the hidden job marketProject SEARCHHealthcare internship program12 youth obtained PACT certification through the CRAFT program. Of these, 4 obtained employment (2 in construction) and 1 youth obtained a high school diploma. 8 students and approximately 80 of their supporters attended the CRAFT graduation ceremony at Riverdale Country School (see attached article).Federal InitiativesDisability Mentoring DayJob Shadow DayEmployment Network / Ticket to WorkDisability Program Navigator
40 Project CRAFTProject CRAFT (Community, Restitution, and Apprenticeship-Focused Training)Designed to improve educational levels, teach vocational skills and reduce recidivism among adjudicated youth, while addressing the home building industry's need for entry level workers.Program initiated in 1994 when the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration awarded a Youth Offender demonstration grant to Home Builders Institute (HBI).Incorporates the apprenticeship concept of hands-on training and academic instruction. Under the supervision of instructors, students learn residential construction skills while completing community service construction projects.
41 Project CRAFTUtilizes industry validated Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT), numeracy, literacy and employability skills curricula.Nearly 60% of participants have a disability, with special education planning a key component of the program.Since 1994, Project CRAFT has served more than 2,000 high-risk youth at 15 sites in ten states (Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas). Project CRAFT currently operates at nine sites in four states, including Florida, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Mississippi. Each year it serves about 400 youth.
42 Project Craft – Brevard Project CRAFT (Community, Restitution, and Apprenticeship-Focused Training)Grant from Workforce Florida, Inc.Replicated best practice programTarget populationSED students at Riverdale AcademyConstruction training providerHome Builders Institute12 graduates with PACT certification4 employed
43 Project SEARCHThe Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations
44 Project SEARCHThe sole definition of a successful outcome is competitive employment in an integrated setting for each Project SEARCH intern.Employment in an integrated settingYear-round work20 hours/week or moreMinimum wage or higherProject SEARCH is a business-led program. This means that students learn relevant, marketable skills while immersed in the business and those businesses are active partners, participating without subsidies.
45 Project SEARCHTrue collaboration among partner agencies is essential. This leads to seamless transition services and sustainability through braided funding streams. True collaboration requires a willingness among partner organizations to share resources and adapt policies and procedures.BusinessesEducation / SchoolsVocational RehabilitationCommunity Rehabilitation ProvidersLong-term Support AgenciesFamiliesSocial Security Administration
46 Project SEARCHThe Program focus is on serving young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities (acquired before age 22 such as intellectual disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, autism, etc.).Program participants experience total immersion in the workplace. Students are on site at the business each school day for a minimum of six hours for an entire academic year.
47 Project SEARCHThe partners provide consistent on-site staff including a special education teacher from the school district and job coaches (usually funded by Vocational Rehabilitation and a supported employment agency and/or the school).
48 Project SEARCHProgram activities are tied to these federal IDEA (2004) Indicators:1 - Graduation2 - Dropout Rates5 - Least Restrictive Environment8 - Parent Involvement13 - Compliant (Quality) IEP's and Transition Goals14 - Post School Outcomes
49 Project SEARCHProject SEARCH graduates receive effective follow-along services to retain employment.Each Project SEARCH program site has a licensing agreement signed with Project SEARCH Cincinnati through Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
50 Project SEARCH - Brevard Best practice program replicationGrant from Workforce Florida, Inc.35 participants24 completed work-site rotations17 obtained employmentFirst project site in Florida, TA agent for other replication sitesSustained by community partnersTwo statewide awardsFlorida Division on Career Development and Transition’s 2006 Collaboration Award (awarded to Brevard Public SchoolsAgency for Persons with Disabilities for supporting the employment and retention of persons with disabilities (awarded to Holmes Regional Hospital/Health First).
51 How WE Can Help Employer Intermediary Work experience opportunities Support servicesIncentivesCareer exploration/planningWork readiness / life skills training
52 How WE Can Help Occupational skills training (scholarships) Innovative program replicationProject SEARCHSchool Based EnterpriseProject Sting RayARTthreadHigh School / High Tech
53 How YOU Can HelpLearn more about your local workforce development (investment) boardAttend Youth Council meetingsEngage in cross-referralBe a resource!Cross-training:DisclosureAccommodationsResource identification / referralEducation planningTransition planningShared case management strategies
54 Making the Connection 24 Florida Workforce Regions www.floridajobs.org 100 Career One-Stop CentersSee handout for directory!