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November 2004Vol. 5, No. 9Regional Forums to Focus on a Shared Vision for the Neediest Youth

Leaders from State agencies on workforce investment, education, juvenile justice, and foster care have been invited to participate in the launching of a new vision for youth at three regional conferences sponsored by the Department of Labor in partnership with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Justice. The focus of "A Shared Vision for Youth" will be on collaborative approaches to prepare the neediest youth, including those aging out of the foster care system, for success in a demand-driven economy. This focus will be carried out through:

  • Promoting collaboration among partners in labor, education, human services, and justice systems for serving youth
  • Understanding the Department of Labor's New Youth Vision for funded programs
  • Enhancing knowledge of promising practices that model effective collaboration and improved outcomes for youth
  • Assessing the challenges State partners will face in implementing the shared vision, as well as the support they will receive from government agency partners

The regional forums are one of several activities planned by the Department of Labor in partnership with the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, led by Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Susan Orr, to implement the new shared vision and to prepare youth from the foster care system for employment.

The forums are scheduled to take place in Philadelphia (November 9-10), Chicago (November 15-16), and Phoenix (December 13-14). Invitations were mailed to State leaders. More information is available on the forums' website at (This link is no longer available.)