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Baptist Community Ministries asked The Finance Project to examine the expenditure of federal funds for job training and education of New Orleans' disconnected young adults (i.e., persons between ages 16 and 24 who are not in school or work). Four major sources of federal funding for job training and education of this population are available: the Workforce Investment Act, Adult Education--Basic Grants to States, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Perkins Career and Technical Education. Louisiana receives approximately $193 million from these funding streams. Of this amount, approximately 1 percent is being used for job training and education of disconnected young adults in New Orleans. Two factors help explain why such a low percentage of available federal funds are being used to train and educate disconnected young adults in New Orleans. First, Louisiana is using a large percentage of the funds for other purposes. These funds are intended to help establish the long-term economic self-sufficiency of low-income people, but the state has opted to prioritize other services and other populations. Second, New Orleans is not receiving a proportionate share of federal funds received by the state, in part, because the city has not successfully competed for certain grants and funding opportunities. Relative to the large need, a small number of disconnected young adults are receiving services, and this number may decrease as the state rolls out a new structure for adult education. If Louisiana seeks to meet the job training and education needs of a greater proportion of disconnected young adults in New Orleans, this will require allocating more of the federal funds already available for job training and education of this population and ensuring New Orleans receives a larger percentage of those funds. To participate in job training and education programs, disconnected young adults also need supportive services, including transportation and child care assistance. Louisiana has federal funds available for these supports if the state improves the coordination of services. Major Federal Funding Sources for Job Training and Education of Disconnected Young Adults in Louisiana and New Orleans are appended. (Contains 3 tables and 39 footnotes.) [This paper is co-published by the Baptist Community Ministries (BCM).]

Descriptors: Young Adults, Job Training, Adult Education, Federal Aid, Urban Areas, Resource Allocation, Educational Finance, Federal Legislation, Coordination

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Author: Finance Project

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2273&id=ED542376







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