Deadline Approaching | U.S. Department of Labor, ODEP – National Policy Development Center for Preparing Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for Employment

Call for Application
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Deadline: July 23, 2019

Deadline Approaching – U.S. Department of Labor, ODEP – National Policy Development Center for Preparing Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for Employment

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is seeking applications for its program titled “National Policy Development Center for Preparing Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities for Employment”.

The Center will expand upon the work of ODEP’s youth policy team’s efforts including the previously funded youth technical assistance center, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Y).

A critical focus of the Center will be supporting the development, implementation, and integration of evidence-based effective practices and policies for improving transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. The Center will use the Guideposts for Success as a transition framework and recognize that youth, families, educators, workforce professionals, and other stakeholders must work together to increase employment expectations for youth with disabilities. The Center will build capacity within and across both general and disability-specific youth service delivery systems to improve employment and post-secondary education outcomes for youth with disabilities. To accomplish this goal, the Center will focus on the following three areas, which are described in detail in the Project Narrative. Section I.A:

  1. Strategic Partnerships and Systems Coordination:
  2. Career Pathways and Work-Based Learning Experiences: 
  3. Professional Development

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $4,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Independent School District
  • Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization
  • Public/Indian Housing
  • Nonprofit Organization with IRS 501(c)(3) Status
  • Private Institution of Higher Education
  • Hispanic-serving Institution
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

Eligible applicants must be consortia made up of a minimum of three (3) and any combination of the above entities. Among the consortia partners, there must be demonstrated experience and expertise in conducting research and policy analysis; developing viable policy solutions, developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with national and state level organizations focused on transition-age youth; disseminating information using a variety of methods appropriately tailored to audiences; effectively engaging youth and young adults in leadership roles influencing the work of the organization; and delivering training on issues related to increasing employment opportunities for youth with disabilities. Consortia partners must bring different transition expertise either by representing a specific stakeholder group (i.e., policymakers, educators, families, and youth) and/or a different system (e.g., juvenile justice, mental health, education, workforce development, etc.). There must be a member of the consortium designated as the lead grant recipient responsible for overall grant management and serving as the fiscal agent. All applications must clearly identify the lead grant recipient as well as all other members of the consortium and specify what expertise each member brings to the consortium.

How to Apply

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