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Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

Volume 11, Number 8
August 2014

Welcome to Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work, the electronic newsletter of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). The newsletter and the NCWD/Youth website offer information to improve programs and services for all youth and especially youth with disabilities.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Webinars for Collecting Input on WIOA Implementation

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor invites state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide input on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. ETA will gather input through a series of webinars via a “chat feature” in order to most efficiently gather thoughts and ideas from webinar participants. More information about the Act and specific discussion questions can be found at
Upcoming sessions include:

  • Tuesday, September 2 - Services to Individuals with Disabilities – Register Now
  • Friday, September 5 - Services to Disconnected Youth – Register Now
  • Thursday, September 11- Strategic Program Alignment and Unified Planning – Register Now
  • Friday, September 12- WIOA and Registered Apprenticeship – Register Now
  • Monday, September 15 -The Indian and Native American Program – Register Now

U.S. Department of Education Seeks Recommendations for WIOA Implementation

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education invite the public to submit comments and recommendations regarding implementation of WIOA. They are seeking these comments to assist them as they begin the process of implementing the amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that were made by Title IV of WIOA and of the new version of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), in Title II of WIOA.

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Youth-Focused Flash Trainings

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration recently released the following “Flash Trainings”:

Helping Out-of-School Youth Find Money for College: Dependency:

Helping Youth with Criminal Convictions Find Money for College:

Paid vs. Unpaid Internships WIA Youth Flash Training:

Youth Employment Rules WIA Youth Flash Training:

NCWD/Youth’s Host Organization Invites Registrants for IEL 50th Anniversary Symposium

NCWD/Youth’s host organization, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), is hosting the Cross-Boundary Leaders for Education and Equity Symposium on September 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Registration is open for the Symposium until September 15. The Symposium will elevate leadership issues and generate dialogue about how our nation develops leaders who prepare our children for college, career, and citizenship. The symposium will feature three panels: 1) Attracting and Preparing the Leaders that Public Education Needs, 2) Cultivating and Sustaining Positive Relationships between Schools and Families, and 3) Reengaging Disconnected Young People on Pathways to Success.

National Center on Education Outcomes Issues Report on Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has issued a report on assessment results among K-12 students with disabilities and English Language Learners with disabilities. The report presents information on publicly reported participation and performance data for the 50 regular states and the 11 unique states (American Samoa, Bureau of Indian Education, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Department of Defense Education Activities, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands). NCEO is housed at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

The PACER Center Invites Participation in National Bullying Prevention Month

The PACER Center invites organizations and individuals to join the national movement to prevent bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month in October. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center website offers resources for planning events and activities. The message for this year is The End of Bullying Begins with Me.

Resource Toolbox for National Disability Employment Awareness Month Available Online

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers an online Resource Toolbox for planning events and activities for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM is celebrated each October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

NCWD/Youth’s Host Organization Seeking Applications for Education Policy Fellowship Program

NCWD/Youth’s host organization, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), is now recruiting for the 2014-2015 cohort of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™). EPFP prepares high-potential individuals for positions of leadership in education and related fields. The program recruits over 200 Fellows annually and operates in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The 10-month program provides a forum in which Fellows broaden their understanding of education issues through cross-sector and cross-boundary learning. The knowledge and understanding of leadership and policy as well as the networks developed during the EPFP experience provide a foundation upon which Fellows help to strengthen the education community and build their careers.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Notice on Using Workforce Investment Act Funds to Serve Court-Involved Youth

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration published Strategies for Using Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Formula Funds to Service Court-Involved Youth and Youth At-Risk of Offending. This Training and Employment Notice provides examples of strategies for WIA programs that serve court-involved youth and offers points to keep in mind for designing and operating programs.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Launches Youth Entrepreneurship Courses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Online Learning Center offers free courses in many business topics and has launched a new course entitled The Young Entrepreneurs Essential Guide to Starting a Business in English and Spanish, which helps youth learn how to start out as a young entrepreneur. Upon completion of the course, youth will receive a certificate of completion and a tip sheet that summarizes key points. NCWD/Youth also has resources available on youth entrepreneurship, including Engaging Youth in Work Experiences: An Innovative Strategies Practice Brief and Road to Self-Sufficiency: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities. Shares Resources for Students with Disabilities Heading Back to School’s Disability Connection Newsletter article, 10 Things that Rule about Back-to-School, provides information and resources for helping students with disabilities to have a healthy, successful start to the new school year. 

Wisconsin Promise Collaborates to Make Music Video featuring Milwaukee-area Youth

PROMISE Wisconsin collaborated to create Bookbag Dreams, a hip hop music video by Figureheads featuring talented Milwaukee-area youth. This provides a great example of involving young people in developing outreach strategies and using social media to promote a program. The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve services for youth SSI recipients and their families. PROMISE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

NCWD/Youth Blog Posts

NCWD/Youth’s blog features current and relevant information related to the Guideposts for SuccessYouth Development and LeadershipInnovative StrategiesProfessional Development, and more!

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This document was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, funded by a grant/contract/cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (Number #OD-23804-12-75-4-11). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor. Nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply the endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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