Finding Resources to Support Workforce Development Services for Youth
Youth workforce development services help prepare youth for postsecondary education and a job market that increasingly requires skills and education. They are especially important for school-age youth at risk of dropping out and for those who are out of school and unemployed. During the next decade, the youth population between the ages of 18 and 24 is expected to grow by 22 percent. Most of the growth will occur among minority youth and young immigrants, groups more likely to struggle with education and employment. While these trends signal the need for more youth workforce development services, funding for youth employment and training has been scaled back and is fragmented among multiple programs and agencies. This 30-page brief discusses four strategies that program leaders and policymakers can use to find resources to support youth workforce development services, and highlights examples of innovative approaches. The four strategies are: maximizing federal resources, building public-private partnerships, accessing education dollars, and coordinating resources and services. These strategies encourage program leaders to look beyond Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds to access and coordinate alternative funding sources.