Federal Funding Advisory: Summer Jobs and Beyond Program to Link Youth Employment, Schools, Reengagement Centers, Employers and Other Partners to Align Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration recently announced Sumer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth (CPY), a program intended to provide employment‐related services to eligible youth who are new entrants to the workforce, including those with limited current or past work experience. The program will provide youth with work experience opportunities, including summer and year‐round part‐time job opportunities for in-school youth and employment and work experience opportunities throughout the year for out-of-school youth, and exposure to career pathways in in‐demand job sectors. This program will fund projects designed to link existing summer employment programs, including the Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB)‐administered local summer employment programs and non‐LWDB programs run by cities/counties (where they exist), with local education agencies, re‐engagement centers (where they exist), employers, and other community partners to streamline service delivery, align resources, and assist youth in preparing for successful entry into the workforce. To be eligible for a CPY grant, applicants must administer an existing summer employment program or partner with an existing summer employment program that is not administered by the LWDB. The Department expects that most LWDB‐administered programs will be WIOA‐funded.

This is one of the first mentions of reengagement centers in the context of federal funding. Applicant local workforce development boards must partner with reengagement centers, where such centers exist.  Overall, grants will fund stronger alignment toward a unified local system to connect young people ages 16 to 24 with limited or no work experience to summer and year-round job opportunities.  In addition to reengagement centers, likely partners include employers and local education agencies. Priority goes to communities facing high rates of youth unemployment, poverty, crime, and dropout.

Total Funding Available: $20 million
Number of Awards: Approximately 10 grants
Deadline: March 25, 2016

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