Workforce Development System Web Sites

The following national, state, and youth web sites may be useful to you as you shape your local workforce systems. The URLs are in alphabetical order within these three broad categories. The list, which is updated periodically, is not intended to be exhaustive – each of the web sites links to many additional valuable resources.

National Web Sites United Way of America and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) are working in partnership to accelerate the nationwide rollout of 2-1-1, which provides callers with information about and referrals to human services for every day needs and in times of crisis. There are currently nine 2-1-1 call centers operating in Georgia. The U.S. Government Printing Office provides access to government information products such as the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations. The primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families by making grants that help states, cities, and communities. The web site has information about the foundation’s initiatives, special projects, and publications – where family employment is often part of the solution. The American Association of AdaptedSports Programs (AAASP) is working to make it possible for all of America’s physically disabled youth to be active in competitive sports throughout their school years. The Academy for Educational Development (AED) is known for its leadership in youth development, and for pioneering an international approach that focuses on young people as assets, partners, and resources who need access to support and opportunities as they learn and mature. USDOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. USDOL’s CareerOneStop portal provides a wide variety of tools and resources for job seekers, employers, learners, and workforce professionals. Career OneStop houses America’s Job Bank, America’s Career InfoNet, Workforce Tools of the Trade, and America’s Service Locator. The U.S. Census Bureau houses census data, including Georgia census data for 2000 (State/County QuickFacts).


March 30, 2007 This site has FirstGov, the official government gateway for federal services and tools for citizens, businesses, and governments . This web site provides information, publications, promising practices, and training/consultation services related to improving accessibility in the workforce development system. Access for All: A Resource Manual for Meeting the Needs of One-Stop Customers with Disabilities is at: This web site uses the knowledge and expertise of specialists from the National Network for Collaboration to provide guidance to begin, strengthen, and sustain the collaborative journey. Developed specifically for the Cooperative Extension System, guides are straightforward and practical. The Community Transportation Association of America, an association committed to improving mobility for all people, helps connect older workers, persons with disabilities, and the poor and unemployed with jobs and training. Corporate Voices for Working Families is a national business membership organization (501(c) 3) that represents the private sector voice in the dialogue on public policy issues related to working families. Corporate Voices facilitates research and provides solutions to legislators and business on Early Childhood Education and Afterschool Care, Family Economic Stability, Worker Flexibility, the future of the Mature Workforce, and Youth Transitions. Collectively, the 53 partner companies of Corporate Voices employ more than 4 million individuals throughout all fifty states, with annual net revenues of $1 trillion. The link for USDOL’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives contains various outreach and guidance materials (including an outreach coordinator handbook), information kits, and online resources. The elaws Advisors are interactive tools that provide information about federal employment laws for both employees and employers. USDOL’s Fair Labor Standards Act compliance information. USDOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, with links to the Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN), the Small Business and SelfEmployment Service (SBSES), the WIA Section 188 Disability Checklist, and other information and resources for the needs of workers with a disability. The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative, implemented by USDOL, is designed to provide national leadership for a demand-driven workforce system that ensures no worker is left behind. The foundation of this initiative is partnerships that include the public workforce system, business and industry, education and training providers, and economic development.


March 30, 2007 USDOL’s resources for business and industry include the two primary initiatives of the Business Relations Group – the President’s High Growth Business Initiative, and Partnership for Jobs. The Money Smart initiative, developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in coordination with USDOL, is designed to help adults currently outside the financial mainstream build financial knowledge and develop positive relationships with financial institutions. For additional information about Money Smart, visit: This link provides extensive information about the USDOL H-1B technical skills training grant program. H-1B awards grants to workforce boards and business partnerships to provide technical skills training to American workers so that firms can lessen their dependence on high skilled foreign workers. This USDOL site provides links to USDOL regions, state OneStop web sites, and other state and regional information. This web site is designed for persons involved with, or interested in, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a part-time employment training program for low-income persons 55 or over. The link for USDOL’s Trade Act programs. This USDOL site serves as the gateway to information on WIA, and provides a wide range of workforce system planning, policy, and implementation resources, as well as practices from other states. The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a nationwide cost-free referral and technical assistance service linking employers who have job vacancies to employment service providers who have direct access to job ready individuals with disabilities. The mission of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, with a regional office in Atlanta, is to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the country. Helpful information on this site include the Information Clearinghouse and newsletter. The five-member U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces all of the federal laws prohibiting discrimination, and provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.


March 30, 2007 The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize the nonprofit, public, and private sectors of society in an alliance to end homelessness. Publications, best practices, profiles, and other resources are available through the site. The Excluded Parties Listing System is an electronic version of the Lists of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs (lists). The system identifies those parties excluded from receiving Federal contracts or certain subcontracts and from certain types of federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits. This web site describes the services of Experience Works!, a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers (formerly Green Thumb, Inc.). Free Application For Student Aid opens the door to the federal aid process - with an online application process. The Foundation Center, founded in 1956, is a leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. This site gives grantors a means to post solicitation for grants, and applicants a single site for obtaining these solicitations. This Welfare Information Network (WIN) site provides a wealth of information and technical assistance on welfare reform and many practical ideas for workforce development and youth development. GovBenefits, a partnership of many federal agencies and organizations, is an online confidential screening tool. Customers answer a series of questions, and GovBenefits returns a list of government benefit programs the customer may be eligible for, and information about how to apply. The mission of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is to disseminate printed and electronic publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government, for example, the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations. Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is a research and policy organization dedicated to strengthening America’s workforce through innovation and policy-making. The center provides information, guidance, training, and technical tools for workforce development professionals.


March 30, 2007 The HireVetsFirst web site was created by the President's National Hire Veterans Committee (PNHVC) to help employers find qualified veterans, and to help veterans make the best use of a national network of employment resources. The 2002 Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288) established the PNHVC within USDOL. The Federal Funds Express, maintained by the U.S. House of Representatives, provides sources of information for researching grants, procurement, and other resources on the Internet. The Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research conducts and supports academic research that examines the causes and consequences of poverty, and the policies and programs aimed at reducing poverty. The Library of Congress is the research arm of Congress, and the largest library in the world - with more than 128 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. Much of the information is accessible online. Mathematics Policy Research Inc., a nonprofit leader in policy research and development, evaluates welfare, education, employment, and workforce development issues. The Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization that evaluates the effectiveness of various state and federal services aimed at improving the lives of low-income individuals, including workforce development. The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, they provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs. The National Association of Workforce Boards represents business-led workforce boards that plan and oversee state and local workforce development and job training programs. The web site provides helpful links, information, and publications. The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, Inc. (NAWDP) is a professional association for individuals working in employment and training and related workforce development programs. It is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the field and developing the professional skills of practitioners.


March 30, 2007 The goal of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), founded in 1913, is to promote career development throughout the life span. NCDA provides a voice for thousands of members who deliver career services to diverse groups in many settings. Through the National Governors Association, governors identify priority issues and address public policy and governance issues at both national and state levels. Workforce development is one of the key state policy issues. The National Institute for Literacy is a federal organization that shares information about literacy and supports the development of high-quality literacy services so all Americans can develop essential basic skills. The web site has a national database of literacy programs. The National IT Apprenticeship System model uses industry experienced mentors to enhance traditional employee development programs. The model has been approved by USDOL and endorsed by leading IT industry standards bodies. The National Network for Child Care’s goal is to share knowledge about children and childcare from the vast resources of major universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public. Their Information Station has useful articles, resources, and links, including rural childcare and employer options. The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. The Nonprofit Warehouse brings together nonprofit manufacturers and selected low cost suppliers with nonprofit organizations. They sell items such as eyeglasses, uniforms, medical/dental supplies, and discount prescription cards to government agencies, nonprofit organizations, religious outreach ministries, and to selected medical and health care professionals that work with underprivileged populations. This National Skills Standard Board Institute site is dedicated to the Skills Standards, Assessments, and Certification communities. The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD) provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system. Similar information for employment and youth with disabilities is at:


March 30, 2007 The Occupational Information Network - O*NET database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles as the nation's primary source of occupational information. The web site is a comprehensives source of information about the national O*NET consortium and O*NET products, including O*NET OnLine and O*NET career exploration tools (the Interest Profiler, Work Importance Locator, and Ability Profiler). The Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network facilitates the sharing of information across state lines about what works and what does not work under welfare reform. The Workforce Excellence Network (WEN) is an initiative of the National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs and the National Association of Workforce Boards to build the capacity and enhance the performance of the nation’s public workforce development system. The site allows you to search promising practices by type of activity/strategy, geographic area, key partners, challenges, results, and other key factors. Troops-to-Teachers, a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program, provides referral assistance and placement services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher - where their skills, knowledge, and experience are much needed. The Federal Citizen Information Center, 1-888-8 PUEBLO (1-888878-3256), provides the answers to questions about the Federal Government and everyday consumer issues whether citizens write, call, or log on. Though not limited to workforce system issues, the web site provides a wealth of information and publications, including information on careers, education, and small business, a Spanish resources page, and multi-language gateway. The Small Business Association (SBA) helps today’s demographically diverse, technologically driven, global small businesses succeed in the new millennium. SBA provides guidance in starting, financing, and managing business to many types of students, including "traditional" small businesses, high school and college students, individuals with time and travel limitations, people with disabilities, international business resources, and others. The Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA), a professional organization promoting workforce development excellence and professionalism, is primarily composed of workforce professionals from an eight state Southeast region.


March 30, 2007 Social Policy Research Associations, with national expertise in the research and evaluation of programs and policies relating to employment assistance, job training, education, and comprehensive social services, offers numerous One-Stop and WIA publications on line. The Selective Service System site explains Selective Service registration for adult male U.S. citizens and aliens living in the U.S., exceptions, and the registration process. The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is an independent, nonprofit research organization devoted to analyzing, evaluating, and promoting solutions to employment related issues. The Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP) is a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on workforce development and quality education issues. CWP provides information and services aimed at helping the public workforce development system become an economic development tool that meets the needs of employers, service providers, and program participants. For over a decade, HandsNet has worked make online collaboration and information sharing a reality for the human services community. Their Web Clipper service organizes human services content on the web and makes it more accessible through editorial expertise and cutting-edge technology. The Welfare to Work Partnership, a network of business partners, provides innovative workforce solutions for U.S. companies of all sizes and industries to successfully hire, retain, and promote welfare recipients and other unemployed and low-income workers. The White House maintains a variety of information about the faith-based initiative, including legal guidance and funding opportunities for workforce systems, faith-based organizations, and community based organizations. Workforce Associates, Inc. helps workforce investment boards develop and implement strategic plans integrating economic development, workforce development, and education. They do this by providing information and expert analysis into the information vacuum that frustrates and impedes many boards. Workforce ATM is a service of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the national organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance, employment and training services, and labor market information programs. Workforce ATM provides information on a wide variety of workforce topics including state WIA resources, one-stop partner resources, legislative information, and WIA employment statistics system and links.


March 30, 2007 The Workforce Excellence Network (WEN) web site is home to the National Leadership Institute for Workforce Excellence. The National Leadership Institute, along with several other organizations, is aligned with and a partner of the WEN in promoting continuous improvement and performance excellence. While the WEN focuses on the broader workforce system and the partners identified under Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the National Leadership Institute focuses exclusively on building the leadership capacity of Workforce Investment Boards. Workforce3 One is a collaborative effort between USDOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER), and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) – to promote a demand-driven workforce system. This knowledge network offers webinars and self-paced learning, promising practices, and other products and tools. Workforce Tools of the Trade, a part of USDOL’s CareerOneStop, is solely targeted to fostering the professional growth of those in workforce development fields across all levels of the system - front line staff, managers, administrators, and partners. The web site provides an extensive "virtual" library of concrete tools and other materials to support the various activities and functions workforce development professionals perform. Examples include: labor market analysis, design of labor market systems, program design, program management, labor exchange, recruitment, assessment, career development, training and education, providing other supports, and workplace practices. The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute supports labor-led initiatives and strategies to promote high skill, high wage jobs. The Workforce Development Network (WDN), a private, notfor-profit organization based in New York, is a division of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP). WDN was launched in 2004 to make some of NYATEP’s training products available to a wider audience of workforce development organizations and workforce development professionals across the nation. This site contains comprehensive information about Ticket to Work, the national initiative designed to assist people with the training and supports they need to go to work by increasing their choices. Ticket to Work helps social security beneficiaries with disabilities find employment, vocational rehabilitation, and other support services from public and private providers.


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State of Georgia Web Sites The mission of the Georgia Children and Youth Coordinating Council (CYCC) is to assist local communities in preventing juvenile delinquency through the provision of state and federal grants, technical assistance, training of service providers, and juvenile justice law projects. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs oversees a broad range of state and federal programs, including community development and economic development assistance efforts. The County Snapshots may be of interest. The Bright from the Start web site, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, contains childcare information for childcare providers, parents, employers, and policy makers, including the statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Agency network. The homepage for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, which oversees the Division of Family and Children Services, Division of Public Health, Aging, and others. The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) provides supervision, detention and a wide range of treatment and educational services for youths referred to the Department by the Juvenile Courts. DJJ also provides assistance or delinquency prevention services for at-risk youths through collaborative efforts with other public, private, and community entities. The homepage for the Georgia Department of Education K-12 system. The Georgia Department of Labor’s web site has workforce information for job seeker, business, and workforce professional customers, including labor market, unemployment, rehabilitation services, and WIA information. The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education oversees the state's system of technical colleges, the adult literacy program, and various economic and workforce development programs. Georgia’s ITA Case Management and Financial Tracking System, Entre Solutions.

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March 30, 2007 GAcollege 411, sponsored by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) and various partners, is a comprehensive web site for students and parents - with information about planning, applying, and paying for college. Family Connection Partnership is a public/private partnership created by the State of Georgia and funders from the private sector. Family Connections works jointly with Family Connection community collaboratives to assist communities in addressing the serious challenges facing Georgia's children and families. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is responsible for the certification, preparation, and conduct of personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia. Georgia Tools for Life, a service of the Georgia Department of Labor, increases access to appropriate assistive technology devices services for all Georgians with disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play independently in communities of their choice. The Georgia Community Action Association, Inc., is a statewide association comprised of 20 Community Action Agencies and 700 individual members. Community Action Agencies (CAAs) provide a variety of services to more than 1.2 million Georgians living in poverty. Through the Georgia Career Information System (GCIS), the Georgia Career Information Center provides comprehensive occupational and educational information to schools and agencies throughout Georgia to help youth and adults make informed career choices. The Georgia State University portal for the WIA Individual Training Account/Eligible Provider Listing. The Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA) is a leading professional association dedicated to enhancing Georgia’s economic vitality. The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) (formerly Industry, Trade and Tourism) recruits businesses, trade partners, and tourists to Georgia, and assists businesses, communities, and rural areas through regional economic development efforts. The Georgia Entrepreneur and Small Business Network, and the recently created Coordinating Network, is working to ensure that state agencies and their federal partners can better coordinate and cross-market their programs, leverage resources, and bring entrepreneurs to the table in hopes of providing better services for the citizens of Georgia.

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March 30, 2007 Students or alumni from a University System of Georgia school can use GeorgiaHire to access job leads or to post a résumé. Georgia companies can search through 10,000 resumes of students and alumni looking for work. In 1996, the Governor and General Assembly merged the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). DCA operates Georgia Housing Search, an online tool for helping Georgians find affordable housing, including those with special needs. The Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission for the State of Georgia web site contains a directory of authorized degree and nondegree granting schools. Governor Perdue reconstituted the State Workforce Investment Board under his Office and established the Governor's Office of Workforce Development by Executive Order dated February 2, 2006. Various initiatives that link workforce development to education and align with economic development activity in the State are noted, including the Georgia Work Ready Program at The Georgia Student Finance Commission has information for parents and students about the HOPE Scholarship Program, state grants, student loans, and much more. Georgia’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) is the economic development program of the University System of Georgia. ICAPP connects the intellectual resources of Georgia's public college and universities to the state's business community in innovative ways. . Project IDEAS, through Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University, is a professional development center that delivers technical assistance and training related to workforce issues throughout the Southeast. Governor Perdue charged the Commission for a New Georgia, a non-profit corporation made up of senior business leaders, with envisioning ways state government can better manage its assets and services and map its strategic future. The Governor’s Office of Implementation was then established to take the Commission’s business viewpoint and propose workable ways to get results within state government. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is Georgia's association for over 1,200 nonprofit, charitable organizations. The Center helps nonprofits manage better by offering information, training, consulting, and nonprofit jobs services. OneGeorgia is a tool created by the OneGeorgia Authority to bridge the economic divide in Georgia. They channel funding to assist Georgia’s most economically challenged areas.

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March 30, 2007 Reach to Teach in Georgia provides qualified participants with access to individualized mentoring and specialized activities, and also links to several Georgia initiatives to help attract and retain teachers in Georgia, including the Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP) and TeachGeorgia. The Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is headquartered at the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Through partnerships with nine other universities and colleges in the state, the SBDC provides business consulting and continuing education opportunities to Georgia’s entrepreneurs. The Secretary of State’s web site includes professional licensure information. Georgia.Gov Online is the official web page for the State of Georgia, with links to all state agencies and organizations. The web page for the State of Georgia ADA Coordinator’s Office. The web site for the Board of Regents representing the 34 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia.

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Youth Web Sites YouthInfo, a web site maintained by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has a wide array of youth-related information and resources. The Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) System is an effort to find and share things that are working in afterschool programs. The system was started in 1999 by the Academy for Educational Development Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. The Georgia Afterschool Investment Council (GAIC) (formerly the Georgia Partnership for Youth Investment) is a statewide organization comprised of nearly 60 coalition partners from the non-profit, public, and private sectors dedicated to ensuring Georgia’s children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable afterschool and summer learning opportunities. Over 1.1 million kids, at least half of Georgia’s school-age children, may spend time away from their parents between the hours of 3PM6PM and in the summer. America’s Promise is an alliance of nearly 500 organizations that makes large-scale national commitments to fulfill one or more of “Five Promises” to building the character and competence of youth. The American Youth Policy Forum is a nonpartisan professional development organization providing learning opportunities for policymakers working on youth issues at local, state, and national levels. Career Voyages provides students, parents, career changers, and career advisors information about high-growth, high-demand occupations and the skills and education needed to get those jobs. The goal of the Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet), which includes over 30 participants representing nine federal agencies, is to prevent occupational injuries and illness among workers age 14 through 24. Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect youth and their families.

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March 30, 2007 Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Resources include access to print and electronic publications, web sites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion. Communities in Schools of Georgia (CISGA) identifies specific community needs and collaborates with school administrators, teachers, parents, business, community organizations, and governmental agencies to deliver programs and services. CISGA partners with over 52 school systems and reaches over 65,000 young people in 47 counties throughout Georgia. The College Board is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college and opportunity. The web site helps parents and students address the myriad of issues involved in preparing for college The Department of Juvenile Justice provides supervision, detention, and a wide range of treatment and educational services for youth referred to the Department by the Juvenile Courts. DJJ also provides assistance or delinquency prevention services for at-risk youth through collaborative efforts with other public, private, and community entities. Do Something encourages young people to identify what they want to do to make a difference in their communities, and then provides the resources and support to bring their unique visions to life. USDOL’s youth site contains all USDOL directives geared to building youth development systems, youth-related reports and publications, the bi-weekly newsletter, Youth Resource Connections, and other technical assistance tools. The Georgia School-to-Work site, sponsored by the Department of Technical and Adult Education, has information about Georgia’s StW and Comprehensive Youth Development Strategies (CYDS) efforts. The Georgia PTA represents over 330,000 members in Georgia. Their mission is to: support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools nationwide.

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March 30, 2007 Voices for Georgia’s Children is an independent, non-profit organization
whose mission is to improve Georgia’s low ranking (44th in meeting its children’s needs according to the Kids Count report issued annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation). Through advocacy, original research and analysis, Voices works to impact lawmakers and the public in five areas: health, safety, education, connectedness, and employability. The Center for Family and Child Policy is a leading research, training, and policy development organization in areas related to youth development. The center is interdisciplinary in its focus, with representation from medicine, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, and social policy. The site describes Junior Achievement (JA), a growing number of volunteers, educators, parents, and contributors who reach out to nearly 4 million students each year from grades K-12. JA carries the message of free enterprise and opportunity, providing a bridge between education and business. Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a school-to-career program implemented in 1,000 high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the country and United Kingdom. GDOL’s Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) is a state affiliate. This site provides a wealth of information about job shadowing, an activity designed to give kids an up-close look at the world of work. Students shadow workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job and gain answers to the question, "Why do I have to learn this?" FirstGov For Kids was developed by the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)/U.S. General Services Administration. It provides extensive links to federal kids’ sites and kids’ sites from other organizations, grouped by topic – including a “Careers” category. The Sar Levitan Center for Social Policy has numerous resources related to serving vulnerable youth. The National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) is a partnership of more than 40 national and local organizations, and individuals, building public will to improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults who are, or who have been, in foster care. Coalition partners fund local, regional, and national transition initiatives, sponsor conferences on foster care and transition issues, and provide training and technical assistance to programs, local and state governments, and advocates nationwide.

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March 30, 2007 This is the homepage for the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the federal Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) central resource on youth and family policy and practice. FYSB and the youth service field have created a strong continuum of care for youth growing up in difficult circumstances. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is a source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Experts in disability, education, employment and workforce development provide resources and publications, links and promising practices to state and local governments to help integrate youth with disabilities into workforce development system service strategies. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a preventive rather than remedial at-risk youth program, targets participants who are unemployed, drug-free and law-free high-school dropouts, 16 to 18 years of age. Long-term mentoring is a critical component of the program. There are two Youth ChalleNGe programs in Georgia, at Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart. Objectives of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development (University of Oklahoma) include helping States and Tribes: achieve the goals of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (i.e., safety, permanence, and well-being); and implement the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. The National Youth Development Information Center, a product of the National Collaboration for Youth, offers a wealth of information about youth development and links to the web sites of the nearly 50 collaboration members. This site, sponsored by the National Youth Employment Coalition, includes the best practices of PEPNet (The Promising and Effective Practices Network). PEPNet is a way of identifying and promoting what works in youth employment and development services. Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs, and community initiatives, especially as they affect young adults. The Search Institute, a nonprofit, independent research organization, has identified an asset-based approach encompassing 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities that have a tremendous influence on young people’s lives. The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Teen Web Guide helps young entrepreneurs who want to start, run, and grow their own businesses. Yes I Can is part of a national awareness campaign encouraging Latino students to obtain a college education. The bilingual web site enables parents and students to learn about preparing for college, including schools, costs, financial aid, programs of study, and what students should be asking their guidance counselor about college.

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March 30, 2007 The YoungBiz site is dedicated to entrepreneurial and business education for young adults, and is home to Y&E - a magazine for teen entrepreneurs. Youth at Work is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) web site for youth in the workforce. The EEOC's goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination and promote equal employment opportunity for America's next generation of workers. In over 200 YouthBuild programs nationwide, unemployed and undereducated young people ages 16-24 work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning construction skills by building affordable housing for homeless and lowincome people. There are currently five YouthBuild affiliates in Georgia. Since the early 1970s, the Association of Youth Councils has promoted the participation and organization of youth in youth councils nationwide. Although the site is currently under development, in the future it may offer some useful ideas for involving youth in designing and implementing youth services. The National Youth Court Center (NYCC) at the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) serves as a central point of contact for youth court programs across the nation. They serve as an information clearinghouse, provide training and technical assistance, and develop resource materials on how to develop and enhance youth court programs. USDOL and its partners have created the YouthRules! site to provide quick access to information on federal and state labor laws that apply to young workers. Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people in America, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.

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