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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 2, Number 14

For the week ending April 4, 2003

(For Internal Use Only)


Upcoming ETA Meetings/Events


Positive Youth Development State and Local Collaboration

HHS/ACF has announced an NOFA for "Positive Youth Development State and Local Collaboration Demonstration Projects (SLCDP)." These project grants will serve as the basis for exploring new partnerships among the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), States, local jurisdictions and/or Tribes, and community and faith-based, youth serving organizations in order to establish and support these programmatic objectives at the State and local community levels.

This competition is limited to the 13 State organizations that are currently participating in the Youth Development State Collaboration Demonstration Project funded by FYSB. They are:

Arizona             Colorado        Connecticut 	 
Iowa                Illinois        Indiana 
Kentucky            Louisiana       Massachusetts 
Maryland            Nebraska        New York 
ACF also announced grant awards will be made for the Basic Center Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth (BCP), FY 2003 Street Outreach Program (SOP), and FY 2004 Transitional Living Program (TLP). Applications under all four grant competitions are due by June 9.
Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-8430.htm

Pathways to Work in the 21st Century

The Office Of Policy Development, Evaluation and Research (OPDER) represented ETA at a US-UK planning team meeting to prepare for "Pathways to Work in the 21st Century," a UK-US seminar exchange that will be held on May 1st and May 2nd. The focus of the seminar is: Increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Contact: Terry Finegan (Finegan.Terry@dol.gov; 202-693-3656)


Registration Opens for O*NET WEBINAR

On Friday, April 11th, a webinar introducing the newly released O*NET ™ Ability Profiler will be available at either Noon or 3:00 p.m. Webinars are 60-minute, live online training sessions conducted in a virtual classroom setting.

The O*NET ™ Ability Profiler has been release by ETA and is in the process of being distributed to One-Stop Career Centers and local offices designated by each state. This webinar is an introduction of the O*NET ™ Ability Profiler. The O*NET Ability Profiler measures job-relevant abilities such as verbal activity, arithmetic reasoning, computation, motor coordination, dexterity and clerical perception.

Contact: Mary Sue Vickers at 202-434-8020 or to register, go to: www.onetacademy.com

Employment Standards Administration of DOL Proposes Overtime Changes for 1.3 Million Low-Wage Workers.

The Employment Standards Administration of DOL has proposed changes to modernize 50-year-old regulations defining exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for “white-collar” employees. The move is expected to help small businesses grow and guarantee overtime pay for 1.3 million more low-wage workers. the Department’s proposed regulations would raise the salary threshold—below which workers would automatically qualify for overtime—from $155 a week to $425 a week. Other proposed changes include clarifying which job duties qualify for overtime pay and recognizing the professional status of skilled employees to provide them a guaranteed salary and flexible hours. The Department invites comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on or before June 30, 2003.
Contact: http://www.wagehour.dol.gov

New Report Profiles Exemplary Initiatives Targeting Youth Offenders

The report from the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation profiles break-the-mold juvenile justice initiatives that are reducing crime and making communities safer by facilitating youths’ economic self-sufficiency. Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders concludes that greater victories against adolescent crime are within reach through workforce development programs that help youth prepare for a lifetime of meaningful employment. It outlines problems, identifies solutions, and profiles 11 programs with promising practices, 5 innovative approaches, and 5 creative uses of the public sector for funding allocations and resource development.
Contact: http://www.aecf.org/publications/data/workforce_youth_dev.pdf

National League of Cities Seeks Applications to Help Cities Link Education and Afterschool Opportunities

NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) invites cities with populations of 50,000 and above, and consortia of smaller cities within a consolidated school district, to apply for a 12-month technical assistance project in developing strong afterschool programs and connecting these programs to school improvement and education reform initiatives in their communities. The project builds on 2 years of intensive work in 14 cities in which the YEF Institute has identified numerous ways mayors and councilmembers can promote collaboration between schools and community groups to ensure the education of all children. Up to 6 cities will be selected and asked to serve as hubs for regional networks that link education and afterschool initiatives in neighboring municipalities. An optional conference call will be held on Friday, April 25th at 3:00 pm (Eastern Time) to allow prospective applicants to ask questions. The deadline is May 15, 2003.
Contact: http://www.nlc.org/nlc_org/site/programs/institute_for_youth_education_and_families/index.cfm or Dylan deKervor (202-626-3073; fellow1@nlc.org)

U.S. Conference of Mayors Joins Harvard to Study Youth Participation in the Political Process

Harvard College students will participate in a research study of 10 cities that include Akron, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Long Beach, Miami, Nashville, and Oakland. A student will work with the mayor’s office in each city to survey local youth programs to find effective ways to engage young people in the political process. A report of the best practices in youth engagement will be released in October 2003. Contact: http://www.usmayors.org/uscm/news/press_releases/documents/civic_031803.asp