February 16, 2018 Developing Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults Who Are Jobless and Out-of-School *Program Policy, Program and Finance Committe

Policy, Program and Finance Committee


Members of the Statewide Task Force and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.


February 16, 2018

12:00pm to 1:00pm


  • Conference Call in:888-330-9549/Code:230540#


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Review of Program Policy and Finance 
  4. Review of Program Options
  5. Reenrollment
  6. Review of work, education and certification
  7. Next Meeting 
  8. New Business
  9. Adjournment


  1. Call to Order
    Meeting was called to order at 12:06pm
  2. Roll Call:  Jack Wuest, Alternative Schools Network; Sheila Venson, Youth Connection Charter School; David Whittaker, Chicago Area Project; Rickey Williams, Chicago Area Project; Aaron Hacker for Karrie Rueter, Illinois Department of Human Services; Kathleen Kelly, State Senator Chuck Weaver, 37th District
  3. Review of Program Policy and Finance
    The discussion focused on many areas in terms of program policy and finance regarding out of school youth and young adults.
    1. National
    2. State
    3. County
    4. City
  4. Program Options:
    Specific Programs discussed to look at include:
    1. TANF funding for summer and year round employment
    2. WIOA ITA
    3. Adult education - ICCB
    4. ICCB Adult High School certification process that is now developing
    5. ICCB High School Equivalence
    6. ISBE - TAOEP, Regional Safe Schools, etc.
    7. Regional offices of education
    8. Juvenile justice redeploy
    9. Karl Perkins federal for vocational training
    10. Ability to benefit
    11. Competency based diploma and certificate - CPS has pilots in 4 schools
  5. Reenrollment
    Look at these programs re-enrolling out of school youth:
    1. Portland, Oregon
    2. Peoria District 150
    3. ROE Program
    4. Medicaid
    5. Various certificates for job skills
  6. Review of Work, Education and Certification
    The discussion focused on the key to combining work and education skills, credentials and certifications including a high school diploma. The discussion also talked about the importance for older youth and young adults to get employment to stabilize their situation and then combine that as soon as possible with their getting a high school diploma. There was also a discussion about what jobs will be needed in the future in terms of skills and the types of jobs. Katie Johnson talked about the great Peoria Economic Development Council that was looking at what jobs were coming online and what skills were needed for those jobs.
  7. Next Meeting
    The next meeting will be a call-in meeting on March 8th at 2:30pm at this number - 888-330-9549 and use code 230540#
  8. New Business
    None noted
  9. Adjournment
    Meeting was adjourned at 12:51pm.