There are over 5 million youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are not in school or working, sometimes facing homelessness or involvement in foster care or the judicial system, without connections with family or social networks. If you are a state, local, or tribal agency who works with such a population, a new funding initiative from the Department of Education will fund 10 pilot projects to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.
The P3 initiative will allow blending of funding streams and waivers of certain requirements to overcome hurdles in providing innovative programs to improve outcomes for disconnected youth, who are defined as youth 14-24 years of age, who are either low-income, homeless, involved in the juvenile justice system and/or foster care, not enrolled in school, or in danger of dropping out. Agencies will be allowed to pool discretionary funds they already receive through multiple federal agencies. In addition, start-up grant funding of up to $700,000 will be available for each project.
The pilots will be evaluated to determine the most effective strategies to serve the population. Projects must participate in a rigorous national evaluation of the initiative which will include all sites and look at multiple components. Projects are not required to provide a site specific evaluation, but it is important to note that they may receive competitive preference points if they do – up to 5 additional competitive performance points for proposing a quasi-experimental evaluation design, and up to 10 additional points for a random control trial design.
Proposals are due by March 4, 2015. For more information, and to obtain an application package, please go to https://findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/reconnecting-youth/performance-partnership-pilots.