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New Funding Available for Disconnected Youth Programs

2014 November 26

dollar sign imageYour local organizations could apply to be a pilot and test innovative services and strategies to reach disconnected youth!  Five Federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), are coming together with a new opportunity to help communities achieve better outcomes for disconnected youth. The funding will support efforts to help young people between the ages of 14 and 24, especially those who are low-income, homeless, in foster care, in the juvenile justice system, or unemployed.

Just as a “for instance”, a state, local, or tribal government could develop a coordinated approach to serving at-risk youth and their families across agencies. The approach could include education-related activities, employment activities, and so on.

Lead applicants must be state, local or tribal government entities that are already using some federal funds for disconnected youth programming; but your library—as well as other nonprofits, businesses, and industry and labor organizations—can get involved in the partnerships. Pilots can receive start-up grants of up to $700,000, and an optional notice of intent to apply is due January 8, 2015.

Get all the details here.

Attend an Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held December 1, from 2:30 to 4 pm, CST, and will provide an overview including program requirements and selection criteria. To register for the webinar, access the Workforce3One website and create an account. Then, you can register for the webinar here.

Questions?  Contact Teri DeVoe, a Program Officer at IMLS, at tdevoe@imls.gov or 202-653-4778.

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