Examines using TANF funds to subsidize youth employment, with the goal of reducing youth unemployment and providing youth with essential soft skills experience.
“The [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009] invested in opportunities for local areas to operate summer youth employment programs primarily through [Workforce Investment Act (WIA)] youth funding in 2009 and the [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF Emergency Fund)] in 2010. In 2009, the Recovery Act invested $1.2 billion in the WIA youth program” (p.xiii) Local workforce investment areas were encouraged “to use these funds to subsidize summer employment opportunities for youth in summer 2009. Although the act itself did not specify a particular use for the funds, which remained available until June 30, 2011, it did extend eligibility to youth up to 24 years of age and specified that states measure participants’ achievement of work readiness goals” (p.xiii). “To understand how the TANF Emergency Fund was used in support of summer youth employment… this study describes the implementation of the 2010 [subsidized youth employment initiative (SYEI)] in 10 sites in seven states. Although the study was not intended to produce findings that would be nationally representative, it provides useful insights into how the TANF and workforce agencies planned and implemented their SYEIs, how the use of the TANF Emergency Fund affected their programs, and what youth experienced during the summer months” (p. xiii). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)