NYEC is a partner in the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC), which focuses on helping vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies improve services for out-of-school youth with disabilities. Through Y-TAC, NYEC has developed a series of toolkits on best practices in serving youth with disabilities, bolstered by extensive case studies across a dozen states. NYEC is currently updating the YSP/KSA (Youth Service Professionals Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) trainings being delivered to VR staff around the country. The YSP/KSA competencies were developed to complement NYEC’s PEPNet standards.
Undocumented Young People
Young people without right-to-work documentation face unusual barriers to employment in the formal economy, further marginalizing them from American life. This problem is especially acute for young people who are not eligible for temporary protection under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). NYEC is uncovering and sharing emerging practices for serving undocumented young people (especially those not eligible for DACA) and identifying comprehensive policy solutions that will expand services to these young people. On Sept. 12-13, 2018, NYEC, with the support of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, convened a working session of practitioners in Stockton, California. A final report will be released in 2018.
Justice-Involved Young People
Too few young adults who contact the juvenile- or criminal-justice system receive help with job training and employment. Young adults who were sentenced to out-of-home placements face bigger barriers to employment, but often no more services. With the Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, NYEC is in the second year of examining barriers and solutions to better collaboration between the juvenile-justice and workforce-development systems. Our first year of work produced New Funds for Work: Connecting Systems for Justice-Involved Young People. We are currently organizing a convening for October 2018 that will produce commitments to action for justice-involved young people in Camden County, New Jersey.