The number of high-school-age students who do not complete high school is a serious challenge facing our educational and workforce systems. The Office of Youth Services of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has laid out a new strategic vision to serve the neediest youth in a demand-driven workforce system. In ETA’s vision, WIA-funded youth programs will serve as a catalyst to connect out-of-school youth with quality secondary and postsecondary educational opportunities and high-growth and other employment opportunities.
JFF prepared a summary of selected Profiles of Partnerships, Programs, and Practices for regional forums sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services. It provides the WIA youth system with illustrations of the feasibility and desirability of the directions set out by ETA.