Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 28

November 2, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

The next Policy Team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 3:00 pm EST.

 

Technical Assistance and Training

Principles of Youth Development
Applying the Principles of Youth Development to Youth Opportunity Grants, WIA Formula Funded Programs & Community-Based Youth Programs has been published by WAVE (Work, Achievement, Values and Education), an organization that provides youth development professionals with success-oriented adaptable teaching strategies and tools. Author Larry Brown says that all employment training programs should expect results in acquisition of skills, gainful employment, and productive citizenship. But in youth programs "every other aspect of design must be different for the simple reason that youth, particularly young adolescents, are in developmental turmoil and even within the same age cohort, youth will demonstrate a wide range of developmental skills. As a consequence, it's essential that programs for youth pay great cognizance to the [eleven] principles of youth development." This 13-page report is available on WAVE's free download area at http://www.waveinc.org/download.htm

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Miscellaneous

Review of Individual Training Accounts (ITA)
Representatives of OAS, OPR, and OWS participated in an entrance conference on the review of the Individual Training Accounts (ITA). The purpose of the review by OIG (Atlanta office) will be to (1) examine fiscal accountability looking at the extent to which funds are drawn in advance of need, and (2) the extent to which the ITA mechanism is working. The ETA lead for working with the OIG will be OAS. The OIG indicated that they had not yet identified States for review, but they expect the review to run through next summer. ETA agreed to share information from demonstration projects and readiness reviews. The OIG offered to examine issues that ETA may wish to identify as part of this review. Contact: James Aaron (202-693-2814; jaaron@doleta.gov)

Secretary Chao Appoints 15 Members to Youth Advisory Council

The Secretary appointed 15 members to the Youth Advisory Council to the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities. The Council will advise the Secretary and her designees, including the Office of the 21st Century Workforce and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, on education, training, employment, health, and rehabilitation and independent living issues affecting young people with disabilities. The Council will also make recommendations to increase positive employment outcomes for young people with disabilities.
Contact: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/opa2001376.htm

Fall Edition of Region 6 Youth Connections West.
The latest edition of Region Six's Youth Connections West is now available at: http://www.doleta.gov/regions/reg06/documents/oct.pdf. This newsletter provides a forum for DOL-funded youth service providers and partners to share resources and strategies to increase program effectiveness and expand opportunities for collaboration. It is jam-packed with tips and promising practices, resources, funding sources, web sites, and a great calendar of events!

National Policy Association (NPA)
The National Policy Association (NPA) is holding a one-day information technology workforce development conference at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO on December 12. The conference, entitled "Enlarging the Pool of IT Workers to Meet Tomorrow's Needs", will explore closing the IT skills gap so that individuals and communities not traditionally found in the IT labor pool (women, minorities, seniors, people with disabilites, rural areas, and inner cities) can gain the opportunity to participate in the new economy workforce. We will be looking at what the barriers are, how to overcome them and the training and skills that are needed. This will be accomplished through a series of panel presentations and discussions.

The cost is $100 (including lunch) and the registration deadline is December 3. Information about NPA and the conference (including registration form) are available online at NPA's web site: www.npa1.org.
Contact: Bob Warner (202-884-7628; rwarner@npa1.org)