U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

Youth Programs

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OYO

ISSUE DATE

September 27, 2000

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 05-00
 
TO : ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : LENITA JACOBS-SIMMONS
Deputy Assistant Secretary
 
SUBJECT : Integrating Year-Round and Summer Employment and Training Services for Youth Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA): A Technical Assistance Guide

  1. Purpose. To announce the publication of: (1) a technical assistance guide (TAG) for integrating year-round and summer youth services under WIA; and (2) an executive summary of the TAG highlighting the findings of the case studies.

  2. Reference. Training and Employment Information Notice (TEIN) No. 6-99.

  3. Background. The summer employment and training program for youth, and the in-school and out-of-school youth training services provided during the rest of the year, have been conducted as separate programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). The summer and year-round programs, although they targeted the same disadvantaged youth population, were separately authorized and funded.

    In recent years, the Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) has sought, administratively, to work toward the development of a comprehensive youth program. A major step in this direction was the discretion given to service delivery areas (SDAs) to transfer funds between the two programs. The DOL's annual guidance to the States and SDAs on the summer program also contained language urging that linkages between the summer and year-round programs be developed and strengthened.

    The development of comprehensive youth programs at the State and local levels received major legislative support with the enactment of WIA.

    In the area of youth services, one of the most important changes was the consolidation of JTPA's year-round youth training and summer program funding streams into a single formula-based youth funding stream. Consequently, summer employment is no longer funded or administered separately. It has become one of the series of services that are available in formulating service strategies for individual youth.

  4. Westat Study. In the fall of 1999, DOL contracted with Westat,Inc., to conduct an evaluation of SDAs that have successfully integrated or have comprehensive plans for integrating year-round and summer employment opportunities.

    The purpose of the study was twofold: (1) to document what is occurring in the selected SDAs and the progress being made in developing a more comprehensive strategy for serving youth;

    and (2) to develop a TAG based on lessons learned from the SDA case studies that could be used to assist States and SDAs in integrating their year-round and summer programs and developing comprehensive youth strategies as part of their transition to WIA.

    Eight SDAs were selected because they either demonstrated operating experience in integrating summer and year-round programs or were actively engaged in planning the development of comprehensive, integrated youth programs under WIA. Also, in addition to capturing a variety of program approaches and to achieve geographic diversity, the following sites were selected for inclusion in the TAG:

  5. TAG. The sites profiled in this TAG represent a variety of program approaches for integrating year-round and summer youth activities. The TAG also provides specific strategies, sugges- tions and ideas that States and SDAs may find useful in designing comprehensive youth services under WIA.

    While each of the eight programs is unique, certain themes recur in the case studies of these programs. The TAG offers program models for integrating youth services and focuses on several key features for operationalizing integrated services. These are:

    Westat staff interviewed program directors, case workers, service providers, school system staff, employers, worksite supervisors and other individuals who are actively involved in youth training programs when developing this TAG.

    A copy of the full TAG is available through the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's website at www.usworkforce.org under What's New. We have printed copies of the executive summary for distribution throughout the system. It presents an overview of program design features and includes a table which highlights how each of the program models addresses the ten program elements required in WIA.

  6. Action Required. States are requested to distribute the executive summary to local workforce investment areas.

  7. Inquiries. Questions should be directed to your Regional Office.

  8. Attachment. Integrating Year-Round and Summer Employment and Training Services for Youth Under the Workforce Investment Act: Technical Assistance Guide: Executive Summary