Increasing HCY Access and Success in Federal Workforce Programs

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  1. How McKinney-Vento/EHCY Programs Can Increase Access and Success for HCY in Federal Workforce Programs National Center for Homeless Education National Youth Employment Coalition September 19, 2023

  2. Recording

  3. Your Presenters Megan Atchison Megan Atchison Program Specialist National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) mjohnson@serve.org Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley Executive Director National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) mhaley@nyec.org Bobby Brown Bobby Brown Program Coordinator National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) bobby.brown@nyec.org Emily Ingram Emily Ingram Special Projects Manager National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) emily.ingram@nyec.org

  4. About NCHE NCHE NCHE is the U.S. Department of Education s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. Website: http://nche.ed.gov Helpline: 800-308-2145 or homeless@serve.org Products: https://nche.ed.gov/resources/ Webinars: https://nche.ed.gov/group-training/ Listserv: https://nche.ed.gov/resources/ (click Listserv tab) Twitter: @NCHEducation | Facebook: facebook.com/NCHEducation

  5. Introductions Please share your name, identities you would like to share, organization, and geographic location in the chat

  6. From this webinar, participants will.. Gain knowledge on the following federal workforce programs: Job Corps, YouthBuild, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Understand EHCY program collaboration requirements and allowable uses of MV funds to support HCY in accessing workforce/career development programs How to identify workforce programs in the community for fostering collaboration and referring HCY Use the Q&A and discussion throughout Use the Q&A and discussion throughout let s keep things interesting! let s keep things interesting!

  7. Knowledge Check Join us at www.menti.com Enter code: 73 02 29 3 73 02 29 3 Or use the QR code

  8. Why Access to Workforce Programs

  9. Just released: 1,205,259 homeless children/youth enrolled in public school in SY 2021-22

  10. Risk Factors Chapin Hall: Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, National Estimates Resource: NCHE YHDP Tip Sheet: Partnering with K12 Education

  11. The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program & Workforce Collaboration Overview: Overview: States receive funds to support the educational success of children and youth experiencing homelessness under Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) Collaboration: Collaboration: States and school districts must ensure that students experiencing homelessness do not face barriers to accessing career and technical education [42 U.S.C. 11432(g)(1)(F)(iii)] Use of Funds: Use of Funds: Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children and youth experiencing homelessness are eligible to receive EHCY services according to each young person s need

  12. Rare, Brief, and One-Time: The Role of Employment NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  13. Who We Are Who We Are The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is a national membership network that improves the effectiveness of organizations that seek to help youth become productive citizens and thrive in their communities. Toward this end, NYEC sets and promotes quality standards; tracks policy; provides and supports professional development; builds the capacity of organizations and programs; and develops youth engagement and leadership opportunities. NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  14. Causes of Youth Homelessness Family conflict Substance Use Mental Health Job loss Death of a parent/caretaker Justice- involvement Abuse Disabilities Immigration Status Lack of Resources NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  15. Solutions to Lack of Resources: Solutions to Lack of Resources: Short-Term and Long Term SHORT TERM LONG TERM Better Access to Good Jobs Job or Subsidized Training Better Access to Education Reconnecting to Family Supports More Affordable Housing Direct Cash Transfers Career Pathway Development Flexible Funding Shift in College-Centric Narrative Financial Aid Better Alternatives for Disconnected Youth Subsidized Housing/Rapid Rehousing 5/15/2022 NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  16. 5.5 million young people ages 16 to 24 are disconnected and the majority of them are people of color. Disconnected youth experience unemployment rate of 75%, compared to 16% of housed youth. Rates of Rates of Disconnection Disconnection 60% of youth completing an employment training program offered in a homeless shelter obtained employment within three months. Rural counties have a youth disconnection rate of 17.3%, on, compared to 11.2% in urban centers and 9.9% in suburbs. 5/15/2022 NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  17. Challenges for Youth Challenges for Youth Workforce Programs Workforce Programs Rate of Disconnection: Funding There are 4,830,700 disconnected youth in America or 12.6 percent (MoA, 2020) Staffing Capacity Support Services (Transportation Assistance, etc.) WIOA: Connecting with outside service providers (Youth Homelessness shelters, etc.) In 2020 about 123,000 youth received services under WIOA Capacity for Outreach NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION Resource: https://measureofamerica.org/DYinteractive/

  18. Universe of Youth Employment and Career Pathways 5/15/2022 NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  19. Shared Goals for Programs Working with Disconnected Shared Goals for Programs Working with Disconnected and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Prevention Identification and Outreach Engagement Reconnection Address Barriers: Transportation, Mental Health, Housing, Employment, Childcare, Substance Use NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  20. Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Is Needed What Is Needed NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  21. Forming Connections Forming Connections Collaboration between education partners and youth workforce development programs Data sharing (within FERPA guidelines) State and local planning Program funding allocations or targeted funding for employment programs serving youth experiencing homelessness Sharing spaces Cross-sector trainings NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  22. How Can Workforce Partners Help? How Can Workforce Partners Help? Revising workforce opportunities to provide mental health support to youth experiencing homelessness Share opportunities with partners/employer relationships Work closely with industry professional associations Paid training and guaranteed jobs Generate employer-driven apprenticeship opportunities for youth to gain on-the-job training while being paid Transitional Jobs Individualized Placement Support Basic Adult Education Adult Education Bridge Programs Sector-Based Training NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  23. More Data and Research More Data and Research What are the employment outcomes of Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)? What is the percentage of housing unstable youth being served by WIOA-funded youth employment programs? What employer pathways are the most successful? Other thoughts: Invest in Community-Level Data Measures for Collaboration, Income, Career Pathways Track returns to homelessness with/without employment Opportunity Costs of Not Connecting Youth to Good Jobs Incorporate into diversion/Rapid Re-housing (RRH) programs and track NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  24. NYEC Opening Doors NYEC Opening Doors 2024 Annual Forum Interested in learning more? Atlanta, Georgia March 4th 6th, 2024 Contact Emily Ingram at emily.ingram@nyec.org https://nyec.org/2024-annual-forum/ Become a Member! https://nyec.org/join-us-2/#join NATIONAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COALITION

  25. Panelists Representing Federal Workforce Programs

  26. Jeff Hunt Jeff Hunt Maisha Meminger Crosby Maisha Meminger Crosby Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Youth Services US Department of Labor youth.services@dol.gov Zina Watkins Zina Watkins Regional Director USDOL/ETA Job Corps US Department of Labor Watkins.Zina.L@dol.gov Brandon Cruz Brandon Cruz Job Corps Program Participant Woodstock, MA cruz.brandon1@live.job corps.org YouthBuild Program Director US Department of Labor Hunt.Jeff.M@dol.gov

  27. WIOA Discussion Questions 1. Tell us about the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). 2. How does WIOA connect to education partners to support the awareness of your program for in school or out of school youth or young adults? 3. How do education partners identify and connect youth or young adults to WIOA programs in their community?

  28. YouthBuild Discussion Questions 1. Tell us about YouthBuild. 2. How does the program connect with McKinney-Vento liaisons to share information about YouthBuild and connect with youth who are disconnected from school? 3. How can education partners identify and connect youth or young adults to a YouthBuild program in their community?

  29. Job Corps Discussion Questions 1. Tell us about Job Corps. 2. How does Job Corps connect to education partners to support the awareness of your program for in school or out of school youth or young adults? 3. How do education partners identify and connect youth or young adults to Job Corps programs in their community?

  30. The Job Corps Experience 1. Tell us about the Job Corps program you are currently participating in and your experience in the program. 2. How did you get connected to the program? 3. What suggestions do you have for our participants for connecting youth and young adults to workforce programs?

  31. Questions?

  32. For More Information NCHE resources: Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness Through Education and Workforce Partnerships Improving Equity in and Access to Quality CTE Programs for Students Experiencing Homelessness Education Goals and Supports: A Guided Discussion Tool NYEC resources: Expanding Workforce and Career Development Pathways for Opportunity Youth Employer Engagement by Community Based Organizations Training Connections

  33. Exit Poll Join us at www.menti.com Enter code: 73 02 29 3 73 02 29 3 Or use the QR code

  34. For More Information, National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) www.nche.ed.gov, Helpline: 800-308-2145 or homeless@serve.org National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) https://nyec.org/ YouthBuild YouthBuild https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/youth/youthbuild Job Corps Job Corps https://www.jobcorps.gov/ Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/wioa

  35. Thank you! Megan Atchison Megan Atchison Program Specialist National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) mjohnson@serve.org Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley Executive Director National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) mhaley@nyec.org Bobby Brown Bobby Brown Program Coordinator National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) bobby.brown@nyec.org Emily Ingram Emily Ingram Special Projects Manager National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) emily.ingram@nyec.org

  36. Jeff Hunt Jeff Hunt Maisha Meminger Crosby Maisha Meminger Crosby Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Youth Services US Department of Labor youth.services@dol.gov Zina Watkins Zina Watkins Regional Director USDOL/ETA Job Corps US Department of Labor Watkins.Zina.L@dol.gov Brandon Cruz Brandon Cruz Job Corps Program Participant Woodstock, MA cruz.brandon1@live.job corps.org YouthBuild Program Director US Department of Labor Hunt.Jeff.M@dol.gov

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