Untapped Opportunities for Refugees Age 16-24


Learn how to access WIOA funding at NAWDP’s Annual Youth Development Symposium

Everyone should be aware of opportunities for refugees between the ages of 16-24 to access mainstream workforce funding for Out of School Youth (OSY) who are disconnected from education and the workforce. WIOA shifted funding from 25% to 75% for this population. At least 20% of refugees could qualify.

Partnering with us accesses a pipeline of highly motivated OSY eager for training, resources and careers. Our mainstream workforce colleagues continue to struggle to identify, attract and retain urban youth and other traditional clients at the increased funding levels.

Attend NAWDnawdpP’s Annual Youth Development Symposium in Chicago 10/31 – 11/2 to connect to over 500 youth workforce professionals from across the nation. You’ll meet American Job Center Staff, Youth Build Grantees, Job Corps Professionals, Career and Guidance Counselors, Educators, Community College Representatives, Juvenile Justice Specialists, and more!

To begin learning now, check out a previous post to explore our new youth employment services resource collection.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

A collection of resources from Higher and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a 12/16 webinar. You can also access a recording of this webinar at Higher’s webinar archive page.

  • ORR State Letter 13-04: ORR Collaboration with the Department of Labor Click here
  • ORR August 2014 Report: Models of Collaboration between Workforce Investment and Refugee Resettlement Stakeholders Click here
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SC-SEP) Click here
  • Finding a One Stop, Workforce Investment Board (WIB) or State WIB Click here
  • Information on Apprenticeships
  • Adult Education and Literacy Act WIA and WIOA Comparison Matrix Click here
  • Summary of Major Policies Included in Title I of WIOA from a Disability Perspective Click here
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