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Mathematica Evaluation of WIA Waivers
WIA allows states to apply for waivers of WIA regulations, providing greater flexibility in serving the specific needs of local populations. This report describes the reasons for a selected 20 waiver requests and the implementation of waivers at the state and local level, and explores how waiver implementation may have affected the workforce system and the services delivered. Released on August 3, 2012.
WIA Youth Program Guidance for PY2012
This Training and Employment Guidance Letter from the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, released on August 1, 2012, provides guidance for youth-funded activities in Program Year (PY) 2012. In particular, this letter focuses on the following two program elements: (1) providing adequate support in completing learning and employment goals and (2) developing the potential of youth as citizens and leaders.
Evaluation of the Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program: Interim Report
Released in July 2012, this report focuses on the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) initiative, which was launched in 2005 as a joint initiative by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Department of Justice.  RExO was set up to strengthen urban communities heavily affected by the challenges associated with high numbers of prisoners seeking to re-enter their communities following the completion of their sentences. 
NYEC Response to Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth
A response to a request by the Obama Administration, U.S. Department of Education, and the Interagency Forum for information concerning stratgies to improve outcomes for disconnected youth. Submitted by NYEC on July 31, 2012.
The Common Core Standards: What Do They Mean for Out-of-School Time
This issue brief, issued in July 2012 by The Forum for Youth Investment, discusses the impact of the Common Core Standards on the youth development and "out-of-school time" (OST) fields. More specifically, it offers an overview of the Common Core Standards as well as an update of standing in terms of implementation. Finally, this brief details how some OST systems are beginning to respond while outlining particualr challenges or opportunities facing the OST field.
Poverty in America: Why Can't We End It? (New York Times Article)
This New York Times article from July 28,2012 discusses wages, social safety net provisions, and demographics.
FY 2013 Sequestration's Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services
Titled "Under Threat: Sequestration's Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services" this report describes how nondefense discretionary spending has experienced significant funding reductions already depite only accounting for a small part of the U.S. gross domestic product. Subsequently, the report released on July 25, 2012 by Senator Tom Harkin (Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies) outlines the negative effects that sequestration in FY 2013 would have on nondefense discretionary programs.
Report on Federal Job Training Programs in Oklahoma
Released by Senator Coburn (R-OK) in July 2012 and titled "What Works (andWhat Doesn't): The Good, Bad and Ugly of Federal Job Training in Oklahoma," this report emphasizes duplication of services and ineffectiveness within the workforce development system.
DREAM ACT Handout June 2012 - Youth Advocacy Guide
This handout outlines the history as well as more current activities and proposals regarding establishing a degree of non-immigrant status for illegal immigrants. Also includes guiding questions to help youth and young adults critically think about immigration reform.
Pell Grant Handout June 2012 - Youth Advocacy Guide
This handout provides answers to basic questions about the Pell Grant Program. Also includes a list of guiding questions to help youth and young adults critically think about financial aid for postsecondary education.
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