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YCC Newsletter

May 2016

YCC National Grantee Conference
July 20-21, 2016
Washington, DC

Registration Now Open!
Please join the DOL and other YCC grantees at the YCC National Grantee Conference. This in-person, two-day event is an opportunity for YCC grantees to come together and share best practices, discuss solutions to common program challenges, and build relationships with peers, Federal staff and TA coaches.

Hotel Information and more details are available on the Conference Registration page.
Other TA Resources
NIST ‘RAMPS’ Up Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development With New Grants

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering up to $1 million in grants to establish up to eight Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) cybersecurity education and workforce development. As part of the Department of Commerce’s “Skills for Business” initiative that has made job-driven training a priority, RAMPS will support the NIST-led National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).
Building Future Leaders Through STEM Mentoring

Mentoring programs are increasingly focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to reflect this national academic priority. Although the benefits and importance of STEM are evident, it’s often difficult for practitioners to implement STEM activities without having expertise in these subjects. Join Laura Batt, Director of STEM Programs at Mystic Aquarium, and Charlie Lindquist, Program Coordinator at Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program, to learn how two different programs have engaged their communities and programs in STEM.
Archived TA
Getting Started with Social Media: Part Two, Building a Plan
Webinar Recording and Handouts now available.

Getting Started with Social Media: Part One
Webinar Recording and Handouts now available.

UPDATED: YCC Participant Files Resource Guide

Youth Apprenticeship as a "Golden Work-based Learning Opportunity" For High School Students
Webinar Recording and Handouts now available.
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Mindset + Strategic Action

Use the four pillars to take strategic actions toward sustainability
throughout the life of a project.

The Youth CareerConnect (YCC) grant program offers an exciting opportunity to strengthen the links between student learning, future college and career pathways, and the domestic talent pipeline for employers, especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a YCC grantee, with your hard work and ‘in the trenches’ experience over the last two years now reaping good results, you can see clearly what program elements are working well.

As with any grant-funded programming, a primary concern for the YCC program is what will happen when the grant ends and a specific stream of funding is no longer available. You can best address this question through planning and strategic action throughout the funding period, to ensure that beyond the life of the grant, key activities can continue to meet the needs of the people served.

The daily work that leverages program accomplishments can often consume the energy and attention of staff. For many, planning for program sustainability becomes a “do later” task. However, now that the initial relationships, systems, and programming strategies are in place, it is essential to consciously integrate a focus on future sustainability into your day-to-day work.

Continue reading on the YCC Community of Practice Blog.
Anson County Schools
HOLLA! Hosts YCC Male Mentoring/Motivational Retreat
On Friday, April 8th, 45 male 9th graders of Anson High School's Youth Career Connect (YCC) Program attended a Male Mentoring/Motivational Retreat at the HOLLA! Center in Morven, NC.
"I am blessed by this," said Ted Ward, Veterans Benefits Officer for Anson County Government, as they all came in with sincere looks and firm handshakes.
Mr. Ward was of the several men invited to share inspirational life experiences with the youth.  Others included, Sheriff Landric Reid, Wadesboro Police Chief Thedis Spencer, HOLLA! Activities Director, Alex Gaddy, Local DJ, Kenwyn Gatewood, Commissioner Jarvis Woodburn and Robert Gatewood, founder and president of The Marketing Pulpit International in Washington, DC.
According to The Marketing Pulpit International's website, " Gatewood traveled to North Carolina on a mission to encourage young men to prepare for a future that is increasingly technology-based." During the event, Gatewood broadcast a live radio segment on Radio One WOL-AM NEWSTALK 1450. The live radio segment featured HOLLA’s founder, Leon Gatewood, two of the student participants in the YCC program, Timothy Marshall and Justin Lee as well as teacher, Daniel Burrows. 
The event which included valuable prizes, motivation, breakfast and lunch was sponsored by the 501 c 3 non-profit, HOLLA!  HOLLA! partnered  with the Anson County school system to present the AHS Youth Career Connect (YCC) Motivation and Mentoring Retreat. 

Continue reading the article in the Anson Record
Galveston Career Connect
Welding, electronics pathways added to Galveston Career Connect this fall
As industry surrounding Galveston continues to grow, Ball High is keeping pace with employment needs and trends. Beginning this fall, Galveston Career Connect will offer two new pathways in welding and electronics to meet these high demand career opportunities on the Gulf Coast.

In April 2014, Galveston Independent School District was awarded a $4 million Galveston Career Connect grant with the goal of strengthening the career skills of high school students by providing career advice and internships, as well as an opportunity to earn between 15 and 33 college hours through Galveston College. But this program offers much more than a traditional internship and free college hours.

“These students aren’t filing papers,” said Bob Brundrett, program coordinator. “They are riding on working ambulances, learning operations of a Galveston Fire Department pumper truck, assisting real people at computer help desks at the universities. Our goal is to raise them, train them, certify them and then keep them in our island workforce.”

Continue reading the article in the Galveston County Daily News
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