The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy awarded IEL $1,099,984 for the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). IEL will use this money to continue building capacity within and across youth service delivery systems to improve employment and postsecondary education outcomes for all youth, inlcuding youth with disabilities. NCWD/Youth has three areas of focus going forward: 1) career exploration, management, and planning, 2) youth development and leadership, and 3) professional development.
IEL began NCWD/Youth in 2001. The technical assistance center helps state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. NCWD/Youth has been made up of a variety of partners throughout the years with specialties including disability, youth development, workforce development, secondary and postsecondary education, research, and more. The current partners include Boston University, the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, and the PACER Center.