February 2011 was Teen Dating and Violence Prevention Month-- Please find in this folder resources for your organizations to assist in providing resources to maintaining healthy relationships.
FLASH FAX is distributed on a weekly basis to DOL grantees and others working with young offenders. The FLASH FAX contains the latest information and resources on topics such as workforce development, youth advocacy, training and technical assistance, juvenile justice and more. In addition, the FLASH FAX provides guidance on how to access on-line resources such as recent publications, best practice guides, and Web-based technical assistance tools. It also serves as a clearinghouse for grant announcements and upcoming events and trainings for youth-serving professionals.
HUD's Family Unification Program (FUP) will make 2,543 Housing Choice Vouchers available for families whose inadequate housing is the primary cause of their separation or near separation from their children. In addition, 20 percent of these vouchers will provide stable housing for approximately 750 young adults (ages 18-22) who are aging out of the foster care system, preventing them from becoming homelessness. The funding is awarded to local public housing authorities that work closely with local child welfare agencies to identify families with children in foster care or who are at risk of being placed in foster care and youth at risk of homelessness. These vouchers, like regular Housing Choice Vouchers, allow families to rent housing from private landlords and generally pay 30 percent of the family's monthly adjusted gross income towards rent and utilities. According to the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW), the average annual cost of providing foster care for one family's children is $56,892. By contrast, it costs approximately $13,193 a year to provide rental assistance and supportive services for that same family. Since FUP provides affordable housing to this targeted population, it's estimated that the total yearly savings to the foster care system is more than $142 million. Cost savings are also considerable for young people aging out of foster care. The average annual FUP costs for young adults is $5,600 – a tenth of the estimated costs associated with homelessness, incarceration, and residential treatment. "The Family Unification Program exemplifies Secretary Donovan's commitment to interagency coordination and resource sharing," said Ruth White, Executive Director of NCHCW. "FUP will enable housing and social service providers to work together to apply resources where they are most needed to prevent and end homelessness for thousands of children and youth nationwide - and ultimately save money along the way."
This guide seeks to increase apprenticeship opportunities for graduates of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) YouthBuild program by: ??providing background information on DOL’s National Registered Apprenticeship System; ??offering guidance in establishing and managing relationships with registered apprenticeship programs; and ??strengthening the links between local YouthBuild programs and DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship state and regional offices as well as State Apprenticeship Agencies. This guide came about as a result of the YouthBuild/Registered Apprenticeship Partnership Pilot (pilot) which was developed by DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship and Division of Youth Services to educate DOL YouthBuild grantees about the benefits of registered apprenticeship programs for YouthBuild graduates. The pilot ran for nine months in 2009 and included six DOL YouthBuild grantees in five states and their respective Office of Apprenticeship Representatives.
Please see the attached file with three abstracts from articles appearing in WEST's Selected News and Sound Clips for the Day publication over the last several weeks Below are the highlighted articles in terms of identified issues, solutions and next steps: 1. Teacher Professional Learning in the United States: State Policies and Strategies: A Technical Report 2. George Washington University Launches Online Prep School 3. President Obama Makes Education a State of Union Centerpiece