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EDUCATION NEWSLETTER - December 2001

WIA Incentive Grants for Involving Employers in Innovative and Expanded Youth Programing

The Emerging Worker Committee (committee dealing with youth) of the New York State Workforce Investment Board is seeking to ensure that all New York's youth are better prepared for employment. They are working on ways to expose youth to the full array of potential career opportunities, especially current demand occupations.

With that goal in mind, the New York State Department of Labor has issued a Request for Proposal that would provide incentive grants to a consortium of business and or a business association (such as chambers of commerce) in conjunction with the Local Workforce Investment Board Youth Council and a local educational agency (school and/or BOCES).

Approximately $2.5 million will be made available to business-led groups to establish or expand innovative programs with local educational institutions and local Workforce Investment Boards. The Emerging Worker Committee is looking for programs to fund that will excite youth about the opportunities there are for them in high skilled demand occupations in New York State.

If your business organization is interested in working with youth to help them understand how important what they learn in school is to their future job opportunities you can get a copy of the full RFP at http://www.workforcenewyork.org/

To find out who your local workforce investment board is log on to: http://www.workforcenewyork.org/

If you have any questions about this incentive grant for employers, please don't hesitate to contact Margarita Mayo. I would be glad to provide you with the information you need to develop a proposal.

The proposals must be sent to the New York State Department of Labor by January 16,2002. DOL tentatively hopes to be able to announce grant recipients on or about February 27, 2002.

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