New York State Workforce Development System New York State
Technical Advisory
 
June 28, 2002
Workforce Development System Technical Advisory #02-15
 
TO: Chairpersons of Local Workforce Investment Boards
Chief Elected Officials
WIA Grant Recipients
WIA Fiscal Agents
WIA Local Area Contacts
SUBJECT:Local Workforce Investment Areas' Designated Youth Services Point of Contact
Purpose:To provide a means for local Workforce Investment Areas (Local Areas) to notify the NYS Department of Labor (NYSDOL) of their designated Youth Services Point of Contact
Background:The New York State Workforce Investment Board adopted the following policy statement during its May 16, 2002, meeting at the request of the Emerging Worker Subcommittee:
POLICY ON YOUTH SERVICES IN ONE-STOP DELIVERY SYSTEMS
Goal:To ensure that all youth are able to access the comprehensive services of the one-stop delivery system* for career preparation and employment and to more closely connect the resources of the one-stop system with education, business, and community programs and resources that serve youth.
Policy:The New York State Workforce Investment Board recognizes the importance of comprehensively connecting education, business and community resources as part of workforce development systems that enable youth to: meet high academic standards, complete a secondary education, gain access to postsecondary education, and prepare for jobs and careers in New York State. One-stop delivery systems are a valuable resource that should be comprehensively integrated with youth programs and services in every region of New York State. This is particularly important for youth with special needs, e.g., youth returning to the community from out-of-home placement,** individuals with disabilities, and youth at risk of dropping out of school.

Therefore, the State Workforce Investment Board recommends that every local workforce investment board identify staff employed within its one-stop system: to serve as a point of contact for youth services within the one-stop centers; to expand business involvement in developing meaningful work experiences for youth; to more closely integrate one-stop system resources into comprehensive year-round programs*** and the delivery of career preparation and transition-to-employment services to youth.

The New York State Workforce Investment Board recommends that the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), New York State Education Department (SED), and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), working with partner organizations, provide training and technical assistance to local one-stop delivery system staff with point responsibility for youth services.

*"One Stop Delivery System" is the network of mandatory and non-mandatory partner programs delivering employment and training services to the community as identified by the local board in conjunction with the chief elected official(s).

**"Out-of-Home Placement" is a service intervention that is provided in a manner that precludes the youth from remaining in his/her domicile. Examples of these services include programs provided at OCFS, OMH, OMRDD, county jails, voluntary agencies and DOCS facilities.

***"Comprehensive Year-Round Programs" refer to youth programs that meet and exceed requirements for youth programs under Title 1 of the federal Workforce Investment Act.

Action:Each Local Area should submit the name of its designated Youth Services Point of Contact to the NYSDOL no later than July 24, 2002. To simplify the process, a form has been provided on the Workforce Development web site at http://www.workforcenewyork.org. Go to "Information," "Forms," complete the form and submit the information. A sample is attached for your review.
Attachment: Designated Youth Services Point of Contact