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Deadline: March 25, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor: Summer Jobs and Beyond – Career Pathways for Youth

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recognizes the importance of summer and year‐round employment opportunities to build the work experience of in‐school youth (ISY) and out‐of‐school youth (OSY). The Career Pathways for Youth (CPY) grants are designed to provide resources to Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) to expand and enhance existing summer employment programs and work experiences throughout the year for eligible youth and to implement innovative practices. The grants will require partnerships between LWDBs and local summer employment programs, employers, Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and re‐engagement centers. Other community partners may provide services to eligible youth that assist in the development of work experience and entry into career pathways. The purpose of these grants is to bring together all of the youth employment programs within a local community. These grants should not be used to supplement existing programs but, rather, to transform the youth‐serving systems within local areas.

Partnerships can help ensure the successful transition of youth into career pathways by:

  • Offering education and training opportunities that develop skills leading into career pathways
  • Offering supportive services and case management throughout program participation
  • Creating awareness and connections to employment providers and summer and year‐round employment opportunities
  • Providing career development services, such as interest inventories, career exploration and awareness activities and tools, and occupational information based on local labor market conditions
  • Offering career counseling services, including providing information about resume preparation, interview skills, and the long‐term benefits of postsecondary education and training (e.g., increased earning power and career mobility)
  • Providing all students with quality individualized plans that promote opportunities for self‐exploration, career exploration, career planning, and postsecondary education and training in order to advance short‐ and long‐term career goals
  • Providing information about career options like Registered Apprenticeships and pre‐apprenticeship programs like Jobs Corps and YouthBuild that provide “earn and learn” opportunities that can lead to industry‐recognized credentials
  • Connecting with state and local career pathway efforts that work to develop clear
    sequences of education and training that span secondary and postsecondary
    education for ISY and provide onramps that lead to industry‐recognized credentials and in‐demand, well‐paying jobs in high‐growth sectors for OSY.

Applicants may propose various models and activities for these grants, which could include facilitating co‐enrollment; co‐location within a school; additional staff support for coordination; or other approaches that applicants believe will make summer and year-round employment programs most successful. Applicants are encouraged to design and implement unique program enhancements.

Amount: Up to $20,000,000 to fund approximately 10‐11 grants. The grant period is two years.

Eligibility: Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs). In states with a single state local area or where the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) carries out the functions of a LWDB pursuant to a waiver, the SWDB is an eligible applicant. LWDBs must partner with: 1) an existing local summer employment program; 2) sufficient employers to provide meaningful work experiences for all participants; 3) an LEA; and 4) one or more re‐engagement center(s) (where they exist).

Link: https://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm

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