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

CLASSIFICATION

Youth

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TDCR

ISSUE DATE

June 11, 1999

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 31-98
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : DAVID HENSON
Director
Office of Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : State Roles for Youth Opportunity Grants

 

  1. Purpose. To provide States a copy of the solicitation announcing the Youth Opportunity Grants and to describe the States' roles in giving support to Youth Opportunity Grant applicants.

  2. Reference. Solicitation of Grant Announcement (SGA), Federal Register, Volume 64, No. 105, page 29672-29691, Wednesday, June 2, 1999.

  3. Background. Section 169 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 authorizes funding for Youth Opportunity Grants to serve youth living in high poverty areas. These grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible local workforce investment boards, other administrative entities receiving formula funds under Job Training Partnership Act, and designated Native American programs as prescribed in Section 166 of WIA.

  4. State Roles. Under WIA, the Governor may designate eligible areas, consistent with the requirements of the Act. States may also provide technical assistance and resources to local areas in developing their grant applications, particularly to rural areas and Native American applicants.

  5. Technical Assistance Conferences. The Department will be holding Technical Assistance Conferences for local sites wishing to apply for these grants. States are welcome to send representatives. Dates and locations for the conferences are as follows:

    June 15 District of Columbia
    June 16 Chicago, Illinois
    June 23 Denver (Native American grant applicants only)
    June 24 Los Angeles, California
    June 29 Atlanta, Georgia

    Specific information regarding sites and times for the conferences will be sent directly to all SDAs, and can be accessed by calling the Youth Opportunity Grants Technical Assistance Conference Headquarters at (703) 299-1680.

  6. Action Required. Encourage the designation of the additional eligible areas as soon as possible so that applicants from these areas will not be at a competitive disadvantage with applicants from EZ/EC communities.

  7. Inquiries. Questions should be addressed to Karen Clark or David Lah in the Office of Job Training Programs at(202) 219-6236 and (202) 219-5305, respectively.

  8. Attachment. Solicitation of Grant Announcement.