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  • Grant Class 2016 Calendar Chart
    Posted 1/11/2019 2:43 PM by Lisa Reddy
    We are finally starting to collect early performance data on WIOA outcomes!  While there is still much work to do – both in ensuring more accurate and prompt reporting and in developing the system capabilities to support WIOA performance outcomes – we are excited to see the first information on how YouthBuild grantees are adjusting to these new metrics.
  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 12/11/2018 8:02 PM by Lisa Reddy
    As the end of 2018 approaches, it’s a time for reflection and forward thinking.  Below, we review the information that we have shared with the monthly newsletters so far this year.  You can reflect on the information shared, as well as the connections to further archived webinar content, by selecting the links below. 
  • Experienced worker helping Apprentice in machine shop
    Posted 11/13/2018 8:12 PM by Lisa Reddy

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed, in part, to connect out-of-school youth to education and jobs. Under WIOA, YouthBuild programs are considered pre-apprenticeship models, with a goal of connecting youth participants to jobs by preparing them for, and connecting them to, future apprenticeships.

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 9/10/2018 2:35 PM by Lisa Reddy
    As you know, the daily operation of a YouthBuild program requires intentional planning and continuous quality improvement in order to meet the needs of youth participants and the demands of grant requirements.  The real-world implementation of the program proposal that won the DOL YouthBuild grant requires many diverse tools and resources.
  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 8/9/2018 2:19 PM by Lisa Reddy
    This month’s webinar and newsletter are focused on sustainability – a topic that can seem overwhelming, but with focused attention is actually quite simple. What is sustainability? It’s the ability to implement programming over time, and it’s accomplished by creating an organizational plan for long-term fiscal and programmatic health.
  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 7/23/2018 3:00 PM by Lisa Reddy

    The success of a YouthBuild program is evident when the program achieves strong program outcomes for participants by helping them to attain educational and vocational credentials, as well as an education and/or employment placement that is a on a career pathway towards a sustaining wage and upward mobility.

  • YouthBuild Student smoothing cement on wall
    Posted 6/11/2018 6:58 PM by Lisa Reddy
    By Guest Blogger Daryl Wright, Vice President of Partnerships at YouthBuild USA
  • Baker squeezing dollops of pink cookie dough on a cookie sheet
    Posted 6/7/2018 12:18 PM by Lisa Reddy

    This month’s newsletter focuses on Construction Plus, the YouthBuild model that offers occupational skills training beyond construction. First offered as a training option in 2013, Construction Plus (also known as C+) is an addition to the YouthBuild model that allows for the expansion of occupational skills training into industry-recognized certifications beyond the required construction training.

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 5/9/2018 7:26 PM by Lisa Reddy

    YouthBuild participants come with a broad range of personalities and backgrounds. They come from a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and family origins, and have enormous strengths that are revealed by their intelligence and resilience. Too often, the common factor among them is that most have been raised in poverty and have suffered resulting gaps in opportunity, education, and confidence. 

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 5/7/2018 3:15 PM by Lisa Reddy
    American Job Centers (AJCs, also known as One-Stop Centers) are the cornerstone of the public workforce system. As noted in TEGL 16-16: