Partners: Bristol Workforce Investment Board, Bristol County Training Consortium, Bristol Career Centers, SER-Jobs for Progress, Bristol Community College, Attleboro Area School to Career Partnership, Fall River Public Schools, Taunton Area School to Career Partnership

Program Design: WIOA youth programming offers services to eligible out-of-school and in-school youth in the areas of literacy and math, HiSET preparation, job readiness skills, career exploration and employment brokering.

Key elements of the program include:
• Assessment & development of an Individual Service Strategy (ISS) for each youth.
• Career Readiness Training
• Career Exploration Activities
• HiSET preparation
• Referrals to educational partners for advanced training or post-secondary education
• Job search assistance
• Job retention suppoer

Program Delivery: The following services will be offered to youth participants through WIOA funded programs.

1. Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction, leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies
2. Alternative secondary school services, as appropriate
3. Paid and unpaid work experiences which may include; summer employment opportunities that are directly linked to academic and occupational learning; pre-apprenticeship programs; internships and job shadowing; and on-the-job training opportunities
4. Occupational skill training, which shall include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that are aligned with in-demand industry sectors or occupation in the local area involved
5. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral, as appropriate
6. Leadership development opportunities, which may include community service and peer centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors during non school hours, as appropriate
7. Supportive services
8. Adult mentoring for the period of participation and a subsequent period, for a total of not less than 12 months
9. Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation, as appropriate
10. Financial literacy education
11. Entrepreneurial skills training
12. Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services
13. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training
14. Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster

Roles of Partners:
• BWIB – will serve as lead agency. BWIB will be responsible for program monitoring and oversight.
• BCTC- will be the fiscal agent for the project
• Ser-Jobs, BCC, FRPS, AASTC, TASC – will provide direct services to youth in accordance with WIOA youth element requirements.
• Career Centers- oversee intake, eligibility and assessment process

Partners: Bristol Workforce Investment Board, Bristol County Training Consortium, SER-Jobs for Progress, Southeast Regional DYS, Fall River & Taunton DYS District Office, the Career Centers of Bristol County

Program Design: Project Success is an integrated and comprehensive career readiness and youth development program that focuses on providing participants with a supportive and structured environment where both self-expression and team building skills are an integral part of all activities. This initiative will build upon current efforts to grow and sustain a job development system for youth in the re-entry phase of DYS custody.

Key elements of the program include:
• Assessment & development of an Individual Service Strategy (ISS) for each youth.
• Career Readiness Training
• Career Exploration Activities
• Certification opportunities
• Referrals to educational partners for HiSET, ABE or post-secondary education
• Subsidized internship opportunities
• Job Coaching
• Job search assistance

Program Delivery:
• Project Success will serve six youth in the re-entry phase of DYS custody in Greater Fall River and Taunton areas.
• The program will run from Oct. 1 2015 to June 30, 2016
• Eligibility for the program will be determined by DYS & Project Success Staff
• Once DYS identifies eligible youth, a DYS staff member will accompany the youth to either the Youth Connection (Fall River) or Taunton Career Center – initial intake will be preformed at either center
• Youth will be required to complete a job application, applicable forms and documents (I-9, work permits, etc.)
• Project Success staff will provide 10 hours of Orientation Training; this training will also act as the initial career readiness curriculum and must be completed before youth are placed at a work based learning opportunity.
• Youth will take part in ongoing career readiness sessions (2 hours a week); sessions will take place at SER-Jobs in Taunton and Fall River
• A minimum of 20 hours of career readiness will be provided to each participant using the Empower your Future career readiness curriculum
• Youth will create a portfolio (digital and hardcopy) that will include a resume, a sample thank you note, writing samples, etc.
• Project Success staff will be responsible for brokering and placing youth in employment opportunities that fit their career interests
• All program participants engaged in a work experience will be placed on a MA Work Based Learning Plan

Coordination with DYS: DYS staff will support participants through every program component. At the onset of the program, DYS staff will assist SER Jobs will overall program coordination. DYS staff will inform participants of program expectation, discuss Assent of the Ward option participants can invoke, DYS staff will participate in quarterly meetings with program partners, and maintain regular contact with Vocational Counselors and Job Coaches.

Roles of Partners:
• BWIB – will serve as lead agency. BWIB will be responsible for program monitoring and oversight.
• BCTC- will be the fiscal agent for the project
• Ser-Jobs- administer training and educational program components
• DYS in Fall River & Taunton- will identify and refer youth, support participants
• Career Centers- oversee intake and employment eligibility process

Retention: Stipends, such as gift cards, will be awarded for attendance and achieving career-related milestones. Youth will also be paid for training at a rate of $9.00 per hour. Youth will participate in 30 hours of training throughout the program. On average, youth will participate in a work experience for 15 hours a week for 6 weeks.

Educational and Support Services: Youth who do not have a high school diploma, GED, HiSET Credential will have the opportunity to enroll with SER-Jobs for HiSet preparation and additional career readiness training.

Partners: Bristol Workforce Investment Board, Bristol County Training Consortium, Bristol Community College, Fall River Public Schools, Diman Regional Vocational HS, Westport Community Schools

Program Design: The Partnership for Pathways to Success Program aims to recruit and support students from the classes of 2003-2015 to obtain their Competency Determination. Students will have access to MCAS remediation classes at BCC or their local high schools and to Career Center Services at the Youth Connection. This grant-funded program will build upon our local strategy to identify and broker a variety of academic, employment, career, and supportive services for 12th grade students and out-of-school youth.

Key Elements of the program include:
• Academic instruction in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
• One-Credit Academic and Career Exploration course offered at BCC
• Pre-employment seminars and workshops
• Subsidized work and learning opportunities

Role of Partners:
• Bristol WIB – will assist in convening Pathways Partners, measuring results, and completion of reporting requirements
• BCTC – will serve as the program coordinator and fiscal administrator for the grant. BCTC, as the Career Center Operator will also facilitate student placement, connect students to work and learning experiences, and manage the intake process.
• BCC – will offer MCAS Remediation and supportive services that will help students transition successfully into college level studies.
• Local School Districts – Partnering high schools will be responsible for the identification of all students who have not successfully passed one or more of the MCAS Components.