116L.364 PROGRAM PURPOSE AND DESIGN.
Subdivision 1. Program purpose.
The grants awarded under section
are for a
youth employment and training program directed at targeted youth who are likely to be at risk
of not completing their high school education. Each program must include education, work
experience, job skills, and leadership training and peer support components. Each participant
must be offered counseling and other services to identify and overcome problems that might
interfere with successfully completing the program.
Subd. 2. Education component.
A program must contain an education component that
requires program participants to complete their secondary education in a traditional public or
private secondary school, a suitable alternative school setting, or a GED program. Program
participants must be working toward the completion of their secondary education or literacy
Subd. 3. Work experience component.
A work experience component must be included
in each program. The work experience component must provide vocational skills training in
an industry where there is a viable expectation of job opportunities. A training subsidy, living
allowance, or stipend, not to exceed an amount equal to 100 percent of the poverty line for
a family of two as defined in United States Code, title 42, section 673, paragraph (2), may be
provided to program participants. The wage or stipend must be provided to participants who are
recipients of public assistance in a manner or amount which will not reduce public assistance
benefits. The work experience component must be designed so that work projects result in (1)
the expansion or improvement of residential units for homeless persons and very low income
families, or (2) rehabilitation, improvement, or construction of eligible education, social service,
or health facilities that principally serve homeless or very low income individuals and families.
Any work project must include direct supervision by individuals skilled in each specific vocation.
Program participants may earn credits toward the completion of their secondary education from
their participation in the work experience component.
Subd. 4. Job readiness skills component.
A job readiness skills component must comprise
at least 20 percent of each program. The component must provide program participants with job
search skills, placement assistance, and other job readiness skills to ensure that participants will
have an understanding of the building trades, unions, self-employment, and other employment
opportunities and be able to compete in the employment market.
Subd. 5. Leadership training and peer support component.
Each program must provide
participants with meaningful opportunities to develop leadership skills such as decision making,
problem solving, and negotiating. The program must encourage participants to develop strong
peer group ties that support their mutual pursuit of skills and values.
History: 1988 c 686 art 3 s 4; 1989 c 328 art 7 s 4; 1992 c 376 art 5 s 2; 1993 c 369
s 84-86; 2004 c 206 s 52