Senate Bill 257v9 Youth Workforce Investment Program Changes

S257v9 SECTION 15.12.(a) The local Workforce Development Boards created pursuant to G.S. 143B-438.11 shall include in their State-developed criteria to be used in awarding grants for youth workforce investment activities pursuant to Section 129 of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act a competitive process that requires grant recipients to provide at least the following information as part of the application process and consideration of grant awards:
A. Experience Requirements:
The WDB requires Bidders to have at least three years of experience providing youth employment and training programs for disadvantaged and hard to serve youth. Bidder’s experience in operating youth program must include:
? Case management and development of individual service strategy plans for youth
? Monitoring programs for compliance
? Partnerships with community organizations to provide a full array of services and to integrate and collaborate services and leverage funds
? Partnerships with employers for job placements and referral services
? Operating system for tracking costs associated with services funded
? Evidence of development and management of work-based learning opportunities for youth, including development of worksite agreements or contracts; monitoring worksites and participants; orientation for employers on process and policies and laws and regulations; and invoicing or payroll processing

The Bidder will need to be able to provide all of the above services immediately upon selection.
(1) The extent to which the organization specifically focuses on serving at-risk youth, including youth who are at risk of school dropout or at risk of school displacement due to suspension or expulsion.
Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL 23-14) and Federal Register, Sec. 681.210, state that WIOA Title I Youth formula programs shift the primary focus to support the educational and career success of out-of-school youth (OSY). A minimum of 75 percent of WIOA Youth funds is required to be spent on OSY. WIOA Youth programs are to provide a continuum of service to help disconnected youth navigate between the educational and workforce systems.

The WIOA places emphasis on career pathways; integration and coordination of education and training services; sector-based strategies; streamlined services; and a focus on work-based learning with a minimum of 20 percent of WIOA Youth funds spent on work-based-learning. Work-based learning must be under actual working conditions and must be designed to enhance the employability, responsibility, and confidence of the youth.

Youth programs will commit to:
? Providing high-quality services for disconnected youth beginning with career exploration and guidance;
? Continued support for educational attainment;
? Opportunities for training in demand occupations;
? Opportunities for post-secondary education; and
? Work-based learning opportunities.
Programs will coordinate services with their local Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the high schools; Adult Basic Education and Literacy programs in the community colleges; Vocational Rehabilitation programs; NCWorks partner programs; and other community-based programs.

Target Populations:
Describe strategies to focus WIOA services to youth who do not have a high school diploma or GED; youth who have a high school diploma or GED; youth with basic skills deficiencies; youth not engaged in education, training and/or employment.

(2) Whether the organization leverages community-based resources, including partnerships with organizations that provide mentoring services and private-sector employer involvement.

(3) WIOA retains the nationwide system of one-stop centers, which directly provide an array of employment services and connect customers to work-related training and education. WIOA furthers a high quality one-stop center system by continuing to align investments in workforce, education, and economic development. The new law places greater emphasis on one-stops achieving results for jobseekers, workers, and businesses. WIOA reinforces the partnerships and strategies necessary for one stops to provide job seekers and workers with the high-quality career services, education and training, and supportive services they need to get good jobs and stay employed and to help businesses find skilled workers and access other supports, including education and training for their current workforce.
(4) The use of an evidence-based program model by the organization with a proven track record of success.

(4) The inclusion of rigorous, quantitative performance measures by the organization to confirm effectiveness of the program.

(5) The deployment of comprehensive support services to youth, including addressing behavioral issues, emphasizing academic and career growth, and enhancing parent and family engagement.

SECTION 15.12.(b) The local Workforce Development Boards shall coordinate with the NCWorks Commission to update the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Page 284 Session Law 2017-57 Senate Bill 257 Unified State Plan, as needed, to reflect the inclusions to the State-developed criteria required by subsection (a) of this section.

SECTION 15.12.(c) On or before October 1 of each year, the local Workforce Development Boards shall submit a report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, the chairs of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, and the Fiscal Research Division on prior State fiscal year program activities, objectives, and accomplishments and prior State fiscal year itemized expenditures and fund sources. The report shall also contain a list of grant recipients and the amount received by the grant recipients.