The Education Dept. (DoEd) names the nine projects that will share about $10 million in grants to to help the five million youth who are not employed or in school, and start them on a career/post-secondary education path.
The FY 2015 Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) (CFDA Number: 84.420A) winners must assist disconnected youth as individuals between the ages of 14 and 24 who are low income and either homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, unemployed, or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution. Often disconnected from their families and valuable social networks, these young people struggle to make successful transitions to adulthood and to reach the educational and employment milestones critical to escaping a lifetime of poverty.
The winners are: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Broward County, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; The State of Oklahoma; Seattle, Washington; Southeastern Kentucky, including Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, and Perry Counties; and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe, El Paso County, Texas.
In addition to the new funding, P3 will provide unprecedented flexibility to allow grantees to remove some of the barriers to aid the disconnected youth. The focus of the grants will be to provide disconnected youth with more effective supports to climb ladders of opportunity. Grantees must structure their programs to be replicable because the demos will serve as models for projects to be implemented nationwide
In the coming weeks, federal agencies and these sites will finalize performance agreements that will support the pilot’s work and outline the outcomes these solutions will be measured against.
To help prepare for the second P3 competition, which will be held later this year, DoEd has released a Notice of Proposed Priorities (http://tinyurl.com/o6zevdv) on behalf of participating agencies to seek ideas from the field on strengthening this important initiative and empowering communities to think big about reconnecting youth.