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Partnerships & Initiatives

Partnerships & Initiatives
The partnerships and initiatives identified provide an overview of how ETA, Division of Youth Services, is working across Federal departments. They have been developed to assist the public workforce system's delivery and coordination of resources and services for WIA eligible youth. Partnerships and Initiatives include:

21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC)
The 21CSC is a national effort to put America's youth and veterans to work, protecting, restoring and enhancing America's great outdoors. The 21CSC grew out of the President's America's Great Outdoors initiative, recognizing the need for job opportunities for youth and returning veterans, for restoration of our natural resources, to connect Americans to the country's lands and waters, to effectively recruit the next generation of public employees, and to develop the next generation of conservation stewards. To learn more about the initiative and to become a 21CSC member organization, please see the Federal Register Notice from July 1, 2013. In addition, the Employment and Training Administration released Training and Employment Notices and conducted a webinar related to Partnering to Create or Expand Summer Youth Employment Opportunities on Public Lands.

Allied Health Access (AHA) Guidebook: How to Develop Programs for Youth in Allied Health Careers
The health care industry as a whole and especially the allied health care sector has great promise for employing youth and young adults. To learn about strategies and resources to create or expand programs and services leading to allied health opportunities for youth and young adults, see The Employment and Training Administration's (ETA's) Allied Health Access (AHA) Guidebook: How to Develop Programs for Youth in Allied Health Careers at: Understanding more about specific occupations in allied health is a first step in determining what the opportunities are in the field. ETA developed a podcast series, available at , to provide practical information about allied health occupations in order to assist both young adults and workforce staff in developing a career plan.

Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC)
The FLEC was established by Congress in 2003 and is comprised of representatives of more than 20 federal agencies. It is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and the vice chair is the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One of FLEC's primary responsibilities is to coordinate the work of the federal government to promote financial literacy and education for all Americans. The FLEC has selected a strategic focus on "Starting Early for Financial Success," for the coming years, based on recognition of the importance of establishing good financial knowledge and behaviors early in life for achieving long-term personal financial well-being and the overall economic health of the nation.

Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) Workgroup
First formed in June 2005, the Federal Partners in Transition is a workgroup, led by senior federal officials, with representatives of several federal agencies, including Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration, involved in transition of youth with disabilities from school into post-secondary education, work, and independent living.

Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth
Across the U.S., there are approximately 6.7 million disconnected youth - young people ages 14-24 who are homeless, in foster care, involved in the justice system, or are out of school or out of work. The Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth (IFDY), comprised of agencies from across the Federal Government including the Department of Labor, was established in March 2012 to improve educational, employment and other key outcomes for this population through interagency collaboration. In June 2012, the IFDY issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Disconnected Youth to gather information on strategies to improve services for disconnected youth. The IFDY is using the responses to the RFI as well as feedback from key stakeholders to assess how the Federal Government can best support states and localities in serving disconnected youth.

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP)
The IWGYP workgroup is composed of representatives from 18 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth in four significant ways: Create and Support; Create and Support; Identify and Disseminate Promising and Effective Strategies; and Promote Enhanced Collaboration.

Office of Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
Reintegration of Ex-Offender staff in the Division of Youth Services have worked closely with staff at Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to develop a letter encouraging Administrative Judges in each jurisdiction; the Executive Director of each State's Juvenile Justice agency; each State's Juvenile Justice Specialist, the State Advisory Group and the State Advisory Chair encouraging local support for the Civic Justice Corp (CJC) projects and assistance in the referral of potential participants to the CJC program. Additionally, OJJDP staff participated in the Department of Labor-sponsored CJC kick-off meeting to be hosted at DOL in Washington DC.

Federal Interagency Reentry Council
This council is chaired by Attorney General Eric Holder. The mission of the Council is to: make communities safer by reducing recidivism and victimization, assist those returning from prisons and jails in becoming productive citizens, and save taxpayer dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of incarceration. The U.S. Department of OL has been an active member since the implementation of this coordinating body. DOL staff are members of the employment barriers, women and reentry, juvenile reentry, grants management subcommittees.

U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture
TEN 24-10 encourages the public workforce investment system to partner with public land management agencies within the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture in an effort to increase work experience opportunities for youth and young adults on public lands.

U.S. Department of Education
Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 18-11 published March 2, 2012, encourages partnerships between adult education and WIA Youth programs to maximize resources to achieve both employment related and educational outcomes, particularly literacy and numeracy gains.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 24-09 encourages the public workforce system to partner with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies in their efforts to promote subsidized employment opportunities allowable under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRAs) TANF Contingency funding for the creation and expansion of subsidized summer employment for low-income youth. The TEN also encourages co-enrollment of youth in TANF and appropriate WIA programs so individuals can benefit from WIA services, such as supportive services, occupational skills training, and other relevant services.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Labor and the Department of Housing and Urban Development formed an agreement to create a partnership that would bolster the training and employment outcomes for all low- income individuals. This partnership encourages Public Housing Authorities to work collaboratively with workforce investment boards and the One-Stop Career Center system to identify opportunities to train and place public housing residents into jobs.

U.S. Department of Justice
The Department of Labor maintains ongoing partnerships with the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs through joint efforts supported by the Department of Labor's Reintegration of Ex-Offender and Second Chance Act appropriation. This partnership continues to provide better coordination of pre and post-release services that support adult offenders reentering local communities following a period of incarceration.

U.S. Department of Education
Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 18-11 published March 2, 2012, encourages partnerships between adult education and WIA Youth programs to maximize resources to achieve both employment related and educational outcomes, particularly literacy and numeracy gains.TEN 18-11