WIOA Outreach and Enrollment (Calvert County FY20 and Beyond) - (Annual)

Story Behind the Curve

FY21: Due to COVID19 challenges, the summer employment program did not begin until August 10th. To comply with CDC guidelines and to provide a safe experience for youth, the program featured a 6 week, virtual training program using the 14 Elements Platform. As students moved through and completed the modules, they received a $200 weekly stipend. Students that successfully completed the program received a total of $1,200. The 14 Elements program is a great opportunity for youth to learn soft skills, explore entrepreneurial sills, receive financial literacy training, etc.., while earning money to support themselves. The program included weekly assignments and check-ins with the Youth Services Specialist. Participants were recruited through online outreach events and marketing. A total of twenty-seven referals were received for the program. 

FY20: In the second half of FY20 there was a turnover in staffing resulting in a vacancy. Additionally, a new Program Director was hired after a lenghlthy vacancy. The new Program Director focused on hiring and training new staff, updating the program branding and outreach planning for Summer Emlpoyment programming. Additionally, the 4th quarter of FY20 was significantly impacted by COVID19. In June 2020 programming moved to a virtual format, to include the Summer Employment program and the LMB expects to see an increase in program participation and better off outcomes. 

Action Plan

FY20: The program will use Work Based Learning (WBL) as a tool for program enrollment. Participants that are not quite prepared for job readiness matching with WBL will receive supportive services through individualized and group cohort development sessions.  These sessions will feature Workplace Excellence training that will enhance particpant's soft skills, to prepare them to be job ready. They will also benefit from Job Clubs and industry specific sessions such as Resume building, interviewing, entreprenuership, etc.  Several employer partnerships are being established, with many other showing high interest.  

Program Summary

FY21: A Youth Program Specialist provides targeted outreach, community based enrollment and youth engagement services to disconnected youth and youth at risk of becoming disconnected. Services include linkages to occupational skills training, work experiences, educational services, career counsiling and planning. The program offers Summer Employment and Workbased Learning opportunites. Funding from CCFN supports half of the Youth Program Specialist position and supports 5 additional summer employment slot of Calvert County Youth. 

FY20: A part-time Employment Outreach & Enrollment Specialist provides targeted outreach and community based enrollment inot the Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Program provided through the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland WIOA Program. 

Target Population

FY21:Disconnected youth residing in population dense areas impacted by poverty to include: Lusby, Prince Frederick, Chesapeake Beach and North Beach that meet criteria to participate in the federally funded Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth and Young Adult Program. Eligible participants include youth classified as homeless, pregnant or parenting youth, youth with a disability, truant youth, English Language Learner, low income and/or an offender. 

FY20: Disconnected youth residing in population dense areas impacted by poverty to include: Lusby, Prince Frederick, Chesapeake Beach and North Beach that meet criteria to participate in the federally funded Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth and Young Adult Program. Eligible participants include youth classified as homeless, pregnant or parenting youth, youth with a disability, truant youth, English Language Learner, low income and/or an offender. 

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