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17.259 WIA Youth Activities

FEDERAL AGENCY:

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

AUTHORIZATION:

Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Part B, Sections 106, 111-112, 116-118, 121-123, 126-129, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C. 9201.
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To design, with States and local communities, a revitalized, workforce investment system that will help low income youth between the ages of 14 and 21 acquire the educational and occupational skills, training and support needed to achieve academic and employment success and successfully transition to careers and productive adulthood.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Title I of the Act authorizes the new Workforce Investment System and establishes State Workforce Investment Boards with oversight responsibility by the Governors for local workforce investment boards; establishes the local youth council, whose role is to ensure the provision and coordination of workforce investment activities for low income youth in the local area; and establishes the process by which eligible providers of training and youth activities are identified. The Act authorizes the use of funds for youth employment and training activities that will provide eligible youth assistance in achieving careers and academic and employment success; ensures ongoing mentoring opportunities; provides opportunities for training; provides continued supportive services; provides incentives for recognition and achievement; and provides opportunities for leadership, development, decision making, citizenship, and community service.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Under Title I, Sections 112 and 126 of WIA identifies the Governor as the recipient of youth training activities funds. For a State to be eligible to receive youth funds, the Governor of the State will submit to the Secretary for consideration by the Secretary, a single State plan that outlines a 5-year strategy for the Statewide workforce investment system.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Under Title I, Sections 101 and 127, an eligible youth is an individual who: (1) Is 14 to 21 years of age; and (2) is an individual who received an income or is a member of a family that received a total family income that, in relation to family size, does not exceed the higher of (a) the poverty line; or (b) 70 percent of the lower living standard income; and (3) meets one or more of the following criteria: Is an individual who is deficient in basic literacy skills; a school dropout; homeless; a runaway; a foster child; pregnant or a parent; an offender; or requires additional assistance to complete their education or secure and hold employment.

Credentials/Documentation:   In order to establish a continuing relationship under the Act, the Governor and the Secretary of Labor shall sign a Governor/Secretary Agreement. This agreement assures that the State will comply with the Workforce Investment Act and the applicable rules and regulations.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to follow in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   For a State to be eligible to receive Title I youth funds, the Governor of the State submits a 5-Year State Plan to the Employment and Training Administration, Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S-4231 Washington, DC 20210.

Award Procedure:   According to Title I, Section 127, youth training activities funds are allotted by statutory formula to States by the National Office of Employment and Training Administration.

Deadlines:   For Title I formula-funded youth activities each State shall submit its plan on or before the date set by the Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration. Contact Headquarters Office for an application deadline date.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   A State plan submitted to the Secretary will be considered to be approved by the Secretary at the end of the 90-day period beginning on the day the Secretary received the plan, unless the Secretary makes a written determination, during the 90- day period, that the plan is inconsistent with the provisions of Title I.

Appeals:   Contact Headquarters Office to obtain information on appeal procedures.

Renewals:   None.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Title I youth activities funds are allocated to States under the formula described in Section 127 of the Act.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Formula funds are allotted based on unemployment statistics available for the most recent 12 months.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Reporting requirements as specified by the Secretary in accordance with Federal Register 20 CFR 667.300, WIA; Final Rules dated August 11, 2000.

Audits:   Audits of the States and Workforce Investment Areas will be conducted in accordance with Federal Register 20 CFR 667.200, WIA; Final Rules dated August 11, 2000.

Records:   States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with Federal Register 29 CFR 95 and 97, WIA; Final Rules dated August 11, 2000.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   16-0174-0-1-504.

Obligations:   (Formula Grants) Program operates on a Program Year (PY) beginning July and ending June 30. PY 01 $1,000,965,000; PY 02 est $1,127,965,000; and PY 03 est $1,000,965,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Formula grant award amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
During PY 2001, 292,580 youth were enrolled in WIA youth program nationally. In the first quarter of PY 2001, 162,191 youth enrolled nationally, representing more than 55 percent of the number of youth enrolled in the last year.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

20 CFR PART 652 et al, WIA; Final Rules Federal Register, Friday, August 11, 2000. Federal Register: Thursday, February 28, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 403) "Solicitation of Comments on the Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Linkages with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Notice.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office:   Jennifer Kemp 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Kemp.Jennifer.N@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3377 Fax: (202) 693-3861

Web Site Address:  
http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

None.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Not applicable.

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