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Innovative State Alignment Grant for Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities

Technical assistance and evaluation of youth transition

This was a five-year systems change grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and awarded to the Colorado Office of Workforce Development. The Colorado Office of Workforce Development contracted with Colorado WIN Partners/UCD  for training, technical assistance and evaluation of this youth transition systems change grant. In the first year of the grant, a resource mapping process was employed at both the state and local levels. The results of both state-level and local resource mapping data was incorporated into a multi-agency, statewide plan that served as the basis for policy and procedural changes. The goals of the grant were to restructure state and local workforce investment delivery systems in order to better meet the needs of youth with disabilities; and extend the most successful transition practices learned from the K-12 efforts into the state’s system of workforce development (One-Stop system), including the postsecondary school sector. By the final year of the grant, transition systems change activities were in place in each of the nine federally recognized workforce regions in Colorado including innovative efforts to design, refine, and implement practices designed to eliminate barriers to success for youth with disabilities.