Reconnecting Youth

Pathways for Youth: Strategic Plan for Federal Collaboration

This plan, developed by the IWGYP, is a first step to address common federal goals for youth, elevate strong models of youth programs, policies, and other supports, and articulate areas for future collaborative work with and for youth.

Resource: Health Care Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth

This fact sheet explores eligibility for health care coverage for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

P3 Round 2 Bidders Conference

On May 9, 2016, representatives from Federal agencies presented details of the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for the second round (FY 2015) of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3), including application requirements and selection criteria for potential applicants.

Watch the webinar recording:

Download the presentation slides (PDF, 71 pages).

Download the transcript (PDF, 20 pages).

Please note: Since this presentation is pre-recorded, there was not a live Q&A session; however, you can still submit questions. While registering for the webinar, you were able to submit questions about P3 or the current Notice Inviting Applications. We have used these queries to develop and post responses to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page. If you have remaining questions after viewing the webinar recording, you are encouraged to email disconnectedyouth@ed.gov, so that we can provide answers, as appropriate. Additional information may be made available at a subsequent date, depending on the questions received. You will be able to find any new information on http://youth.gov/P3.

ED Blog Post (2016)

ED Blog Post — Performance Partnership Pilots: An Opportunity to Improve Outcomes for Disconnected Youth

This is cross-posted at the U.S. Department of Education's Homeroom blog. See the original post here.

Federal agencies have released a second call for bold proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth.Performance Partnership Pilots: An Opportunity to Improve Outcomes for Disconnected Youth

Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face the additional challenges including being low-income, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. In response, seven federal agencies are jointly inviting state, local, and tribal communities to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieving better outcomes for these youth, as well as youth at risk of becoming disconnected from critical social institutions and supports.

The P3 initiative allows pilots to receive customized flexibility from the participating agencies—including the Departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, Justice, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and now also the Department of Housing and Urban Development—to overcome barriers and align program and reporting requirements across programs. This flexibility enables communities to pursue the most innovative and effective ways to use their existing funds to improve outcomes for the neediest youth.

In October 2015, the Department of Education announced the first round of nine pilots on behalf of all the participating agencies. From supporting youth moms and their young children with a two-generation approach to helping foster care youth transition successfully from high school to college and career, these pilots will serve a total of roughly 10,000 disconnected youth. This second round of pilots offers up to 10 communities the opportunity to propose bold new ideas for how they would use P3 flexibility to transform the way they deliver services and improve outcomes for their disconnected youth.

Stakeholders on the front lines of service delivery have let us know that flexibility, such as better aligning the multiple systems that serve youth, is sometimes needed to achieve powerful outcomes. P3 responds directly to these challenges by offering broad new flexibility in exchange for better outcomes.

This round of P3 includes several priorities to test this authority in diverse environments across America and support broader learning in the field. For example, acknowledging the diverse needs of communities, the competition allows separate categories of consideration for applicants that propose to serve disconnected youth in rural communities, in tribal communities, or in communities that recently have experienced civil unrest. In addition, applicants can earn bonus points in the selection process by proposing to rigorously evaluate at least one component of their pilot, proposing to implement work-based learning opportunities, or proposing projects that would specifically serve youth who are neither employed nor in school.

A competition for a third round of up to 10 pilots is expected to be released in the summer of 2016. This will provide another opportunity for communities that need more time to collaborate and prepare their best proposals. Additionally, this third competition round will permit communities to use their Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grants Program funds, funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the pilots.

To hear representatives from Federal agencies present the details of the recently released Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) on P3, including application requirements and selection criteria, please register and join us for the P3 Bidders Conference on May 9, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Background

In this section, learn about the history of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth. Read the Consultation Paper, watch archived presentations, see the original shared goals and request for information drafts, and read a blog cross-posted from the U.S. Department on Education on the genesis of P3.

Round 1 (FY 2014)

In this section, learn about the sites that were selected for the first round (FY 2014) of funding for Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth. 

Round 2 (FY 2015)

In this section, find the second round (FY 2015) Notice Inviting Applications [PDF version, 16 pages], watch the Round 2 Bidders Conference, and read a blog cross-posted from the U.S. Department on Education on the genesis and evolution of P3.

Overview

In this section, learn more about Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth. The P3 Fact Sheet answers questions about what performance partnerships are, who disconnected youth are, what Federal programs could be involved in pilots, and what pilot sites receive. The Notice of Final Priorities (NFP) [PDF version, 17 pages] presents priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria that may be used for future P3 competitions.