For FY22, There were no youth placements to the Youth Employment Initiative program in FY22. The program continued to outreach to area businesses and agencies in hopes of finding eligible candidates for the program to no avail. The Garrett County Local Management Board made the decision to not fund the Youth Employment Initiative program in FY23.
For HFY1 22, Thus far in FY22, there have been no youth placements in this initiative. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has proven challenging for the involvement of eligible participants. Outreach to local businesses and agencies has begun to help spread awareness of the program in the community.
For FY21, The Western MD Consortium staff provides youth with the opportunity for structured work experiences, opportunities to assist youth in meeting educational goals through workforce training programs, GED programs, math and reading remediation classes, and mentoring to provide youth with the soft skills needed to succeed in the workforce. Due to budget cuts, funding for the YEI was cut 15% leaving $4,250 to use for the program. With just a little over 4K to spend for FY21, the target goal of youth participants to serve through this program was two.
For FY20, the COVID-19 pandemic created a shutdown of all work experiences managed by the Western Maryland Consortium for several weeks during the months of March and April. The COVID-19 shutdown created a barrier to those wanting to work and the corresponding businesses looking for help.
For HFY1 20, the Youth Employment Initiative program was renamed last year by the directive of the Garrett County Local Management Board to reflect the use of funding availability year-round, not just during the summer months. As a result of this change, the Scorecard had to be adjusted to collect data both semi-annually and annually. In order to do this, previous annual data had to be removed and stored to convert the card to reflect both semi-annual and annual reporting. Some measures are still reported annually (at the end of the program) such as CSQ-8 data, permanent employment outcome measures, and SCANS pre-post test information which accounts for the lack of data on the Scorecard for HFY1 20.