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Professional Development for Organizations Serving Youth With Disabilities
August 6, 2013

With support from the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth seeks to demonstrate the value of and a professional development system for youth service professionals to improve program quality and service delivery for all youth, including youth with disabilities. Participation is free. Lead organizations will receive a small stipend to cover administrative costs. Each lead organization must be committed to professional development and evaluation, provide 25 – 30 trainees, engage two partner organizations, and meet other eligibility requirements. Applications are due August 31

The project is designed to increase staff skills, gather new training strategies, and improve services to youth. Participating Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Professional Development Demonstration and Evaluation sites will receive four full-day trainings in core competencies that youth service professionals need to work with all youth, content-rich materials and resources, and pre- and post-training technical assistance from experts in youth development, workforce development, and disability. Additional information about and the project application is available from the web site or by contacting Patricia Gill (gillp@iel.org, 202-822-8405, x154).

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