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Guideposts for Success & Resources for Serving Youth 2011 Training Series (April 1 Hosted/Facilitated by: Laura Gleneck Presented by: Curtis Richards and Mindy Larson National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth

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  • Guideposts for Success &Resources for Serving Youth

    2011 Training Series (April 14, 2011)Hosted/Facilitated by: Laura GleneckPresented by: Curtis Richards and Mindy Larson National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth

  • At a minimum, DEI Projects were required to select at least two service delivery components as a primary focus of grant implementation to serve the youth or adult population.Guideposts, as a service delivery component, was selected by three of the nine DEI projects.The DEI solicitation states that selection of a focus on adults or youth "must not preclude the provision of services to all individuals with disabilities, regardless of age, who are accessing the workforce system.

    Training and Technical Assistance to DEI Projects on understanding and implementing the Guideposts is provided under U.S. DOLETA contract with NDI Consulting, Inc. and the National Disability Institute (NDI).

    Evaluation of the impact of the DEI Projects implementation and outcomes of Guideposts will be provided under U.S. DOL ODEP contract with Social Dynamics.


  • Upon completion of this webinar, DEI Project staff will:

    Understand how the Guideposts represent a comprehensive framework for addressing the needs of youth, including youth with disabilities

    Have a clear picture of strategies for serving youth, including youth with disabilities and other challenges

    Know where to go for support (information, tools and resources) and expertise on serving youth with disabilities and other challenges within the workforce systemGuideposts and Resources for Serving YouthLearning Objectives*

  • Overview of the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

    Addressing the Needs of Youth in TransitionIntroduction to the Guideposts for SuccessYouth with DisabilitiesFive Guidepost Areas

    Resources for Serving YouthNCWD/Youth Resources

    DRC Role: Serving Youth with Disabilities


  • Overview of the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)*

  • In our 10th YearODEP Funded

    Assists state & local workforce development systems to integrate youth with disabilities into their service strategies.

    Aims to:Improve state & local policyStrengthen workforce development service deliveryImprove knowledge, skills, & abilities of youth service professionals


  • Center for Workforce DevelopmentInstitute for Educational Leadership (IEL)

    National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP)

    PACER Center

    Center on Education and WorkUniversity of Wisconsin- Madison

    Institute for Community IntegrationUniversity of Minnesota*

  • Partnership Plus*

  • What ALL youth need to transition to adulthood successfully

    What additional support, services, and opportunities youth with disabilities need


  • Youth with disabilities have poor outcomes:School dropout rates (3 times more likely)College rates (Half as likely)Adjudication rates (4 times as likely) Poverty (3 times more likely)Unemployment rate (70% and holding)

    Lots of Good ActivitiesBut no real system

    Focus on Youth

    Transition is an Awkward Period of Life

    The Stubborn Dilemma*

  • High Expectations

    Inclusion, Integration & Full Participation

    Work, Self-Sufficiency & Independent Living*

  • Partnership Plus*

  • School-Based Preparatory ExperiencesCareer Preparation & Work-Based Learning ExperiencesYouth Development & LeadershipConnecting ActivitiesFamily Involvement & Supports


  • All Youth Need:

    Academic programs based on clear standards

    Career & technical education programs based on professional/industry standards

    Small & safe learning environments

    Support from highly qualified staff

    Graduation standards that include options*

  • In addition, youth with disabilities need:

    To use individual transition plans to drive personal instruction

    To develop knowledge of reasonable accommodations they can request & control in educational settings

    To access specific & individual learning accommodations while in school

    To be supported by highly qualified transitional support staff that may or may not be school staff*

  • *All Youth Need:Career inventories to learn about their skills, interests & career optionsCareer exploration activities including site visits, guest speakers, job shadowing; includes learning about education/ training entry requirements & earning potential/benefitsOpportunities to practice through work experiences i.e. internships, community service work, part-time jobsSoft skills training to gain job-seeking & workplace basic skillsCareer Preparation & Work-based Learning Experiences

  • *In addition, youth with disabilities need:

    To understand benefits planning

    To learn to communicate their disability-related work support and accommodation needs

    To learn to find, formally request, & secure supports and accommodationsCareer Preparation & Work-based Learning Experiences

  • *All Youth Need:Mentoring activities designed to establish strong relationships with adultsPeer-to-peer mentoring opportunitiesExposure to role models in a variety of contextsTraining in skills such as self-advocacy, self determination, conflict resolutionExposure to personal leadership & youth development activities, including community serviceOpportunities to lead & build self esteemYouth Development & Leadership Opportunities

  • *In addition, youth with disabilities need:

    Mentors & role models including people with & without disabilities

    An understanding of disability history, culture, & disability public policy issues as well as their rights & responsibilitiesYouth Development & Leadership Opportunities

  • *All Youth Need:

    Mental & physical health servicesTransportation & housingTutoringFinancial planning & managementPost-program supports through structures arrangements with postsecondary institutions & adult service agenciesConnection to other services & opportunities (recreation, sports, faith-based organizations)Connecting Activities

  • *In addition, youth with disabilities need:

    Acquisition of appropriate assistive technologiesCommunity orientation & mobility/ travel trainingExposure to post-program supports such as independent living centers & other consumer drive community-based support service agenciesPersonal assistance services, including attendants, readers, interpreters, and othersBenefits-planning counseling Connecting Activities

  • **All youth need families & caring adults who have:

    High expectations that build upon the young persons strengths & interestsBeen involved in their lives & are assisting them toward adulthoodAccess to information about employment, further education, & community resourcesTaken an active role in transition planning with schools & community partnersAccess to medical, professional, & peer support networksFamily Involvement & Supports

  • ***In addition, youth with disabilities need families & caring adults who have:

    An understanding of their youths disability and how it affects his or her education, employment, and daily livingKnowledge of rights and responsibilities under various disability-related legislationKnowledge of and access to programs, services, supports, and accommodations availableAn understanding of how individualized planning tools can assist youth in achieving transition goalsFamily Involvement & Supports

  • ****In work with youth with disabilities and service practitioners use the Guideposts in developing any individualized plans such as:

    Individualized Education Programs (IEPs),

    Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE), and

    Service strategies as required by the Workforce Investment Act.Using the Guideposts

  • *Partnership Plus

  • *

    Guideposts for Successhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts

    Guideposts for Success for Serving Specific PopulationsYouth in Foster Carehttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts/foster-careGUIDE - Negotiating the Curves Toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care Systemhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/negotiating-the-curves-toward-employmentResources for Serving Youth

  • Guideposts for Success for Serving Specific PopulationsYouth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections Systemhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts/juvenile-justice GUIDE Making the Right Turn: A Guide About Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections Systemhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/juvenile-justice-guideINFO BRIEF - Improving Transition Outcomesfor Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System: Practical Considerationshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-25


  • Guideposts for Success for Serving Specific PopulationsYouth with Mental Health Needshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts/mental-health

    GUIDE - Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Professionals and Policymakers serving Youth with Mental Health Needshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/tunnels-and-cliffs INFO BRIEF- Helping Youth with Mental Health Needs Avoid Transition Cliffs: Lessons from Pioneering Transition Programshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-24


  • *Guideposts for Success for Serving Specific PopulationsYouth with Mental Health Needs, cont.http://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts/mental-healthINFO BRIEF- Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionalshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-23 CASE STUDIES - Transitioning Youth with Mental Health Needs to Meaningful Employment and Independent Livinghttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/white-paper/transitioning-youth-with-mental-health-needs Pioneering Transition Programs: The Establishment of Programs that Span the Ages Served by Child and Adult Mental Healthhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/assets/reports/pioneering_transition_programs_3.pdfResources for Serving Youth

  • Guideposts for Success for Serving Specific Populations

    Youth with Learning Disabilitieshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts/learning-disabilities

    GUIDE - Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilitieshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/ld-guide


  • Guideposts for Success for Engaging Employers

    Guideposts for Employer Successhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/guideposts/employers What system designers (state and local) need to do.What individual programs need to do, including education & training institutions, community rehabilitation centers, secondary & post secondary institutions, apprenticeship programs, & One-Stop Career CentersINFO BRIEF-Facilitating Employer Engagement Among WIB Partners: A Role For Intermediaries http://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-17


  • Youth Assessment

    Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challengeshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/career-planning-begins-with-assessment

    INFO BRIEF- Vocational Assessment and Its Role in Career Planning http://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-20


  • *Resources for Serving YouthDisability Disclosure

    INFO BRIEF - Disability Inquires in the Workforce Development System http://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-09

    The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilitieshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure

    Cyber Disclosure Workbook for Youth with Disabilitieshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/cyber-disclosure

  • *Resources for Serving YouthDisability Disclosure

    The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, & Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilitieshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure-for-adults

    INFO BRIEF- Youth & Disability Disclosure: The Role of Families & Advocateshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-21

  • *Resources for Serving YouthCross-System Collaboration

    Making the Connection: Growing & Supporting New Organizations Intermediarieshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/white-paper/making-the-connections

    This paper describes how a new organizational strategy - intermediaries - can link the supply and demand sides of workforce development.

    By aligning and brokering multiple services across institutional and funding sources, intermediary organizations can play an important role in improving employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.

  • *Resources for Serving YouthCross-System Collaboration

    INFO BRIEF- Blending and Braiding Funds and Resources: The Intermediary as Facilitatorhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-18 How intermediary organizations can facilitate the blending & braiding of funds & resources to encourage cross-systems collaboration to improve educational & employment outcomes for all youth, including YwD. Strategies states can use to support local communities in the blending and braiding of resources.Outlines how cross-systems collaboration & alternative funding strategies can be facilitated by intermediary organizations.

  • **Resources for Serving YouthProfessional DevelopmentINFO BRIEF-The Workforce Development System & the Professional Development of Youth Service Professionals: Why Professional Development?http://www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-19Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA) of Youth Service Professionals Background paperhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/professional-development/white-paper KSA Study Guide: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ksa/study-guide KSA Assessment for Practitionershttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/ksa/assessment-for-practitioners KSA Professional Development Assessment for Organizations and Systemshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/ksa/professional-development-for-organizations

  • **Resources for Serving YouthInnovative Strategies forServing Youth with Disabilities

    Innovative Strategies Searchable Databasehttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/innovative-strategiesOver 50 program profiles organized by the Guideposts for Success, state, funding source

  • **Partnership Plus

  • Work with your DEI Project lead and NDI technical assistance liaison to determine your strategic approach to addressing the needs of the youth, including:

    the extent to which the focus is on transitioning into the workforce,the age range of youth to be served,outreach to out-of-school and at-risk youth, and how Guideposts for Success will be incorporated.


  • DEI Technical Assistance:Access and utilize the following information and resources:Disability Resource Coordinators Serving Youthhttp://www.dei-ideas.org/chapter2-2/page2a_youth.cfmGuideposts for Success Service Delivery Componenthttp://www.dei-ideas.org/chapter2-1/page6a_gfs.cfm National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youthhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/

    Youth DEI ProjectsOn May 10th, the NDI team and NCWD/Youth will offer training specifically targeted to the DEI youth projects with a primary focus on applying the Guideposts to various youth populations and assessing needs for ongoing support.More information will be included in the training opportunities announcement for May.


  • Questions? A: Submit it to the host in writing via the Chat or Q&A Box to the right, or B: Click on the raise hand icon to have your line un-muted and ask your question/make your comment. *

  • Key NCWD/Youth Contacts:Curtis Richards202-822-8405 Ext. [email protected]

    Mindy Larson202-822-8405 Ext. [email protected]

    Key Websites:http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ http://www.dol.gov/odep/

    *Contact Information


    These are practices and strategies that have been identified through both ETA and ODEP grant initiatives in increasing education and employment outcomes of the population to be served.LAURA

    *LAURA******Ticket To Work***********************************