New Report: Funding Streams for Opportunity Youth

June 21, 2022

New report examines youth workforce development system in New Jersey

A new report from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Newark Opportunity Youth Networkprovides the results of a comprehensive study of the youth workforce development system in New Jersey. The report examines the development of New Jersey’s youth workforce system since the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, including available funding for youth workforce development and the programs currently serving this population. It also reviews the systemic and financial realities that have impeded a more collaborative approach to helping opportunity youth. One noteworthy finding is that leading educational agencies (e.g., charter management organizations and school districts) retain funding that is meant to follow students who leave their agencies/programs. This puts community-based organizations and the like at a disadvantage as the loss of funding (or the funding that was initially earmarked for youth) forces these organizations to navigate a patchwork of complicated federal programs and chase philanthropic dollars that are not guaranteed. Also, the report offers recommendations from local and national experts in youth workforce development.