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WIA YOUTH PROGRAM

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WIA YOUTH PROGRAM

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  1. WIA YOUTH PROGRAM Follow-up

  2. Follow-Up • All youth participants must receive some form of follow-up services for a minimum duration of 12 months. • Follow-up services may be provided beyond 12 months at the State or Local Board’s discretion. • The types of services provided & the duration of services must be determined based on the needs of the individual.

  3. Follow-Up • The goal for follow-up services for Older Youth (19 - 21) is to ensure job retention, wage gains, and career progress for individuals who obtained unsubsidized employment as defined in the individual’s Individual Service Strategy (ISS).

  4. Follow-Up • The goal of follow-up services for Younger Youth (14 - 18) is to enable the individual to continue life-long learning & achieve a level of self-sufficiency, as defined in the participant’s ISS.

  5. Follow-Up(Principles) • Guiding principles for follow-up: • Match follow-up services to the youth’s characteristics, needs, & personal situation. You should consider the following: • Age • Needs • “At-risk” status • Family, school, personal support systems, and • Workplace hours

  6. Follow-Up(Principles continued) • Develop a follow-up assessment tool to determine the kind & amount of follow-up needed, including: • Work history • Reasons youth have previously left jobs or dropped out • Social skills • Life skills • Crisis & stress management skills • Attitude towards work or school • Barriers to employment and/or school completion

  7. Follow-Up(Principles continued) • Develop written follow-up plan with youth before they exit the program. Plan should be agreed to & signed by youth. The plan should include the following: • Retention or follow-up assessment • List or people & resources youth could use • Goals to reach on job before quitting • Goals to reach in school before graduation • Plans for transportation, & childcare • Name, address, phone number, & e-mail ( if available) of people to contact if case manager can not locate the participant

  8. Follow-Up(Principles continued) • Follow-up plan & hold the youth accountable for their actions • Develop reminder system for sending out letters, or scheduling telephone contacts • Be respectful of youth’s work & home life • Maintain high expectations & plenty of support • Provide additional support, as necessary, which could include: • counseling • supportive services

  9. Follow-Up(Operating Principles) • Key operating principles for employment & education retention & career advancement • Close mentoring relationship • High expectations • Smooth transitions: pre-placement activities - placement - follow-up activities • Meeting physical & emotional needs as well as vocational needs • Non-intrusive contact with employers • Access to better jobs

  10. Follow-Up(Examples) • Examples of follow-up services • Job shadowing • “Youth Day” career exploration activity • Periodic scheduled group meetings or one-on-one meetings to discuss educational or career options • Use of technology to explore web sites & facilitate communication • Telephone calls to inform youth of on-going activities such as; job fairs or other career activities

  11. Follow-Up(Examples continued) • Exposure to post secondary educational opportunities • Community & service learning • Peer-center activities including peer mentoring & tutoring • Organizational & team work training including team leadership training • Training in decision-making including determining priorities • Citizenship training including life skills training such as parenting, work behavior training & budgeting of resources • Positive social behavior training including soft skills

  12. Follow-Up(Examples continued) • Possible follow-up services for youth at risk • Monthly telephone call to youth • Quarterly follow-up with employer • Job placement • Home visit • Positive social behavior training including positive attitudinal development, self-esteem building, cultural diversity training, & work simulation activities • Career planning & counseling

  13. Follow-Up(Examples continued) • Examples of supportive services • Linkages to community services • Assistance with transportation • Assistance with child care & dependent care costs • Referrals to medical services • Assistance with housing costs • Assistance with uniforms or other appropriate work attire & work-related costs such as tools or eye glasses