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

CLASSIFICATION

PEPNet

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TP

ISSUE DATE

April 10, 2000

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

June 30, 2000

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 15-99
 
TO : ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : LENITA JACOBS-SIMMONS
Deputy Assistant Secretary
 
SUBJECT : Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) for Youth

  1. Purpose. To alert States to:

    a)  the resource of PEPNet on effective youth practice which staff, administrators, and program operators can use as they transition to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); and

    b)  the opportunity to once again recognize youth employment/training programs in your State for their effective practice.

  2. Background. Now in its fifth year, PEPNet (Promising and Effective Practices Network) has become one of the nation's premier resources on what works for youth. PEPNet is a valuable source of information on quality youth initiatives; it provides a framework for understanding and implementing practice that works; and it recognizes effectiveness through an award process that continues to widen its network.

    Since its inception, ETA has provided support for PEPNet in a variety of ways. ETA funds a grant to the National Youth Employment Coalition(NYEC)which administers PEPNet; ETA has members on the PEPNet Working Group; and ETA provides staff and encourages other youth employment professionals to review applications submitted by youth programs for PEPNet recognition.

    Youth employment professionals do not have to start from scratch as they work to develop effective programs under WIA. PEPNet's criteria for Effective Practices were developed by a working group comprised of a diverse group of professionals and reflect what the youth employment/development field has learned WORKS. The PEPNet criteria fall into five broad categories: Purpose and Activities, Organization and Management, Youth Development, Workforce Development, and Evidence of Success.

    Using PEPNet will help WIA youth programs and other youth employment programs to improve their services and document their successes. Through PEPNet, programs can access a wealth of information, ideas, contacts and tools around effective practice. PEPNet's Self Assessment is a powerful tool for ongoing continuous improvement efforts, helping programs develop staff, document success, and plan next steps.

    Programs that complete the PEPNet Application for recognition (due April 30) receive comments from peer reviewers, essentially a free evaluation of their efforts. Those selected for the PEPNet Award become exemplars of effective practice, resources for others in the field around the country and internationally. To obtain an application for recognition, visit www.nyec.org/pepnet or call NYEC at (202) 659-1064. Awardees are honored in a ceremony at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., hosted by ETA Assistant Secretary Raymond L. Bramucci.

    PEPNet is also a valuable tool for employees throughout the workforce development system as they work to transition to WIA. The PEPNet criteria informed the youth program elements in WIA and PEPNet was mentioned as a resource in the Youth Opportunity Grant(YOG) application. PEPNet provides a powerful information source and framework for understanding and implementing effective youth programming. SDAs have used the criteria to help design their WIA youth system; improve their selection and oversight of providers; develop their staff's understanding of effective youth practice; and build capacity among their grantees.

  3. Accessibility. PEPNet's resources are available in a variety of user-friendly formats. Please visit www.nyec.org/pepnet or contact NYEC by fax: (202) 659-0399 or call: (202) 659-1064 to access any of the following:

    1. Publications.  The Criteria Workbook captures the elements of effective youth practice in an easy-to-use system, including the PEPNet Self Assessment tool and PEPNet Application for recognition. Lessons Learned illuminates examples of effective practice from the PEPNet Awardees, and provides useful indexes and contact information.

    2. Conferences and Workshops.  The National Youth Employment Coalition's (NYEC) unique annual conference on effective practice, The "PEPNet Institute", brings practitioners and others in the youth employment field together to share what works around specific issues of youth employment practice. Sessions are led by PEPNet Awardees but emphasize interaction, networking, and information sharing. The first PEPNet Institute in 1999 garnered rave reviews from attendees, many of whom came from the JTPA system looking for ideas for their WIA transition. NYEC also provides workshops on effective practice around the country, customizable from 90 minutes to a full day.

    3. Internet.  PEPNet's Web Page -- WWW.NYEC.ORG/PEPNet -- houses a wealth of information on effective practice. It makes all of PEPNet's information available online, including publications, Awardee profiles, links to other effective practice resources, new developments, and more.

  4. Action Required. State Liaisons, Administrators, and Leads are requested to:

    1. a)  encourage their staff, administrators and operators of effective youth programs or program components to access and utilize PEPNet's resources to inform their transition to WIA;

    2. b)  encourage administrators and operators of programs interested in national recognition to undertake the PEPNet application, due April 30, 2000;

    3. c)  encourage any youth employment professionals who would like to review applications to volunteer to do so. Past reviewers have reported it to be a very beneficial learning experience which increased their understanding of effective youth programming. Please telephone any names of volunteers to Kate O'Sullivan, NYEC at (202) 659-1064 by April 24, 2000.

    4. Inquiries. Direct inquiries to Nancy Rose, PEPNet Project Director, Office of Policy and Research, ETA at (202) 219-7669 ext. 136.