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Creating More Flexibility to Serve Youth

 

Secretary Perez is focused on promoting shared prosperity – so that everyone in America has the opportunity to benefit from our growing economy. But for over six million of our youth who are out of school and not working, these opportunities are hard to come by.  Coming from low-income communities, through the foster care or juvenile justice systems or from families struggling with homelessness, they often have multiple challenges to overcome.

 

Making opportunities for success accessible to as many people as possible is a core value of this department and our youth-focused programs and grants. Unfortunately, sometimes administrative barriers hinder coordination and alignment across the various federal programs and create unnecessary obstacles to meeting the needs of our youth. 

 

That’s why our department is collaborating with four other federal agencies – the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services – to launch the Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth - known as P3.

 

This P3 initiative will fund up to 10 pilots, with start-up grants of up to $700,000, to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for targeted disconnected youth.  What’s innovative about P3 is the flexibility it allows the pilot programs to blend together funds that they already receive from different federal sources, to increase program impact.

 

For example, the selected pilot programs could propose to blend the Labor Department’s Workforce Investment Act youth funds with Department of Education adult education funds to create a more integrated and effective job-driven training program. This would help eliminate barriers to employment and ensure at-risk youth are equipped with the skills employers need. 

  

Over the next several months, the P3 initiative will be accepting applications from organizations and partnerships interested in developing a pilot program to test this strategy. While lead applicants must be a state, local, or tribal government entity, non-governmental organization may still serve as key partners in designing and implementing pilots. Priority will be given to applications that draw on existing evidence of what works and commit to collecting and using reliable data for decision-making and accountability.

 

For more information about the P3 initiative, visit:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/24/2014-27775/applications-for-new-awards-performance-partnership-pilots

 

For information about applying for the grant, visit:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269790

 

A webinar for prospective applicants will be hosted on Monday, Dec. 1. For details, visit: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001427539847497608/info

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