ERIC Number: ED499564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Finding Resources to Support Workforce Development Services for Youth
Funding for youth employment and training has been scaled back during the past few decades. In addition, funding for workforce development services is spread among multiple programs and agencies, resulting in a fragmented funding environment. To address this issue, the youth provisions of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) aimed to move this patchwork system toward a more comprehensive approach for serving youth. The legislation establishes a framework for providing youth workforce development services at the local level. Yet funding for the WIA Youth Program is quite limited, and while WIA aims to improve the coordination of resources across youth-serving programs, it does not mandate resource sharing. To overcome these financing challenges and sustain successful youth programs, leaders must identify and access funding from an array of public and private sources. This brief discusses strategies for finding resources to support youth workforce development services and highlights examples of innovative approaches. It seeks to provide program and community leaders, as well as policymakers, with ideas for supporting critical youth workforce development services. This brief highlights the following four strategies that program leaders and policymakers can use to find resources to support workforce development services for youth: (1) Maximizing federal resources; (2) Building public-private partnerships; (3) Accessing education dollars; and (4) Coordinating resources and services. These strategies encourage program leaders to look beyond WIA funds to access and coordinate different funding sources--from federal, state, and local governments as well as from private groups--to support workforce development services for youth. A list of additional resources concludes the brief. (Contains 24 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Youth Employment, Youth Programs, Labor Force Development, Shared Resources and Services, Partnerships in Education, Financial Support, Federal Aid, Guidance Programs, Federal Legislation, Strategic Planning, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Critical Path Method
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Philip Morris Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.