The Youth Workforce Leaders Academy is a year-long professional development opportunity for mid-level professionals who play a decision-making role at organizations providing youth workforce development services. This locally focused professional learning community supports the growth and success of selected staff from organizations serving youth 16-24. For each Academy, IEL works with a local lead agency to tailor the Academy content to local the community's strengths, needs, and interests while providing linkages to national trends, quality practices, and resources related to youth workforce development. This collaborative approach leads to a community-based Academy experience that is unique to each locality yet infused by national perspective and practices.
IEL uses Information from the participants’ self-assessments and professional development plans to select final topics. Proposed topics include
IEL is pleased to partner with the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates to co-lead YWLA for youth service professionals from organizations and agencies serving D.C. youth. The DC YWLA is generously supported through funding from the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, an initiative of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.