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Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 4, Number 2

For the week ending January 14, 2005

(For Internal Use Only)




HHS Announces Fund Availability for Adolescent Family Life Demonstration Projects; Non-Profits, FBOs Eligible to Apply

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the availability of funds for "Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Demonstration Projects." Under its program announcement, HHS intends to make available approximately $5 million to support an estimated 15-20 new care demonstration grants, up to a maximum of $375,000 each per year.

Any public or private non-profit organization or agency is eligible to apply for a grant. However, only those organizations or agencies which demonstrate the capability of providing the proposed services and meet the statutory requirements are considered for grant awards. Faith-based and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply for AFL grants.

While not primarily a "workforce development" investment, HHS does list "appropriate educational and vocational services" among the core services, and "child care sufficient to enable the adolescent parent to continue education or enter into employment" and "transportation" among the supplemental services.

Contact: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-1960.pdf



National Dislocated Worker Forum

Adult Dislocated Worker staff participated in the third National Dislocated Worker Workgroup meeting in San Diego, California on January 11-14, 2005. The workgroup that formed in Fall, 2004 is comprised of federal, state and local dislocated worker administrators and program leaders that have committed to developing products and service lines that can be shared with the dislocated worker system at large. These products and services lines assist in improving Dislocated Worker services and outcomes for both employers and workers. The group of approximately 35 members has formed four working subgroups entitled: Integration, Demand-Driven Partnerships, Performance and Funding and Communications. After working independently for the last several months, the primary purpose of this meeting was to allow all of the subgroups to present their draft products to the larger congregation for buy-in, feedback and recommendations for changes. A sample of the products presented included a survey that describes many typical characteristics indicative of integration by which state and local operators can evaluate the progress of their integrative efforts; a Partnership toolkit containing, in part, sample "how-to partner" guides and Memorandums of Agreement; updated contact lists and a peer-to-peer directory; and an evaluation tool for measuring the effectiveness of the TAA funding formula.

Contact: Jeff Ryan (202-693-3546; ryan.jeff@dol.gov)

Juvenile Justice Activities

OYS staff facilitated a peer-to-peer learning opportunity that convened in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 11. The session was entitled "Network Exchange: Working with Gang Involved Youth" and, was developed with guidance from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Youth Gang Center. The two and a half day conference provided information and strategies that served to enhance service providers' capabilities for working with young people involved or at-risk of becoming involved in gangs. Many of the presenters were from the Washington, D.C. area; they covered topics that included local gang related assessment techniques, collaboration and partnerships, along with outreach and recruitment. Additional content areas included providing quality services to gang members or those at-risk of membership with a focus on alternative education, preparing this special population for a demand driven workforce, working with employers, and measuring effectiveness. Approximately 40 representatives from DOL's Young Offender Portfolio, Youth Offender Demonstration Projects, and Youth Opportunity Grantees were in attendance.

Contact: Richard Morris (202-693-3603; morris.richard@dol.gov)

2005 Groundhog Shadow Day

Two students from the Potomac Job Corps Center were selected to shadow the White House Deputy Assistant to the President on February 2, 2005 as part of Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Ms. Desiree Sayles, who also serves as Director of USA Freedom Corps, is very interested in the Job Corps program and in creating opportunities to link Job Corps and USA Freedom Corps.

Contact: Brian Kennedy (202-693-3117; kennedy.brian@dol.gov)

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