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

CLASSIFICATION

JPTA

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TDCR

ISSUE DATE

Nov. 23, 1993

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 25-93
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WAGNER-PEYSER ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
 
FROM : BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Youth Assessment and Program Design Options Technical Assistance Guides

  1. Purpose. To announce the publication and distribution of:

    These technical assistance guides (TAGs) were developed to support full implementation of the 1992 Amendments to the JTPA.

  2. Reference. Training and Employment Information Notice (TEIN) No. 20-92.

  3. Background. These TAGs were prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the Center for Human Resources of the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. The Center is one of the Nation's leading research, training, and policy development organizations in the fields of youth development, employment, and education.

    "Assessment for At-Risk Youth: A Practitioner's Guide to Definitions, Guiding Principles, and Implementation Strategies" has been prepared to help youth practitioners understand the importance of assessment and its basic components. The guide goes beyond the essential components of a comprehensive, integrated, quality assessment system by addressing key questions. The "Assessment for At-Risk Youth: A Decision Maker's Summary" serves as a companion piece to the Practitioner's Guide. It has been prepared to help line practitioners, managers, and policy makers understand what it takes to build and manage an effective assessment system that meets public accountability expectations and youth employability development needs. It complements the previously issued "Improving Assessment" TAG.

    The "A Guide to Program Design Options for Serving At-Risk Youth" synthesizes the major themes involved in youth program design and walks through the basic components of youth program planning and implementation. Advance copies of the TAGs were distributed at the DOL sponsored train-the-trainer sessions on Youth Assessment and Program Design Options held the weeks of September 27, October 18, and November 1.

    These TAGs are part of a series of technical assistance guides and training being developed to assist States and service delivery areas (SDAs) in the implementation of quality JTPA programs. In addition to these TAGs, the series will include technical assistance guides and training in critical program areas such as: Case Management; SDA Monitoring of Service Providers; Targeting, Outreach and Recruitment; On-the-Job Training; Financial Management; Procurement; and State Oversight.

  4. Distribution. Copies of the TAGs are being provided under separate cover to all State Liaisons for distribution to:

    The TAGs have been prepared in a loose-leaf format suitable for use in a three-ring binder. Computer disks are also being provided to the State Liaisons for the distribution of one each to the SDAs.

  5. Inquiries. Questions may be directed to Elaine Kolodny or Dolores Hall-Beran on (202) 219-5229, or Stephanie Curtis on (202) 219-7533 in the Office of Employment and Training Programs.

  6. Separate Cover.

    1. Assessment for At-Risk Youth: A Practitioner's Guide to Definitions, Guiding Principles, and Implementation Strategies;

    2. Assessment for At-Risk Youth: A Decision Maker's Summary";

    3. A Guide to Program Design Options for Serving At-Risk Youth; and

    4. Computer disks of the TAGs.

 

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