Webinar / Webcast
In rural communities, widely dispersed populations face many access challenges. With a declining talent pool and lower educational attainment, coupled with rising poverty rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need to prepare young people in rural areas for high-demand careers. The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship will host a webinar on April 28, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Webinar / Webcast
The Urban Institute will host a webinar on December 14, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, which will discuss how to better understand the strengths of rural communities and to leverage their assets. The webinar will begin with remarks by Xochitl Torres Small, Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, followed by a demonstration of a new typology and dashboard with national data on rural census tracts and peer groups that support asset-based rural investments and capacity building.
Webinar / Webcast
The Urban Institute will host a webinar on October 13, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET to explore persistent rural poverty, which occurs in one in seven rural counties and leaves rural and Native communities lacking capital, quality jobs, housing, infrastructure, and services. The webinar includes presentations from six rural community development financial institutions on what has worked to transform the rural and Native areas they serve into opportunity and the challenges that remain.
Profile / Case Study
This report offers four case studies of rural youth apprenticeships in Maine, Arizona, Missouri, and Mississippi, the challenges for each of the respective regions, and their strategies for success. The report begins with a definition of youth apprenticeships and elaborates on the benefits and obstacles in designing, implementing, and sustaining rural apprenticeships.
Policy Announcement / Memoranda
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has released a funding opportunity announcement for the Appalachian and Delta regions. Grant awards are intended to align with regional and comprehensive approaches to address economic distress and provide necessary workforce development activities so that dislocated and other workers can succeed in current and future job opportunities. ETA encourages applicants to include strategies to address the employment and training needs of individuals affected by substance use disorder.
This research to practice brief from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation describes examination of findings from nine rural programs that serve child welfare-involved parents with substance use disorders. The examination was unable to provide information on program effectiveness but does focus on the range of services offered, the targeted population, how funding is blended, and collaborative approaches of these programs.
This set of resources includes upcoming and previously recorded webinars on the impact of COVID-19 in rural communities, current and continuously updated data, state-by-state responses to COVID-19, and Federal responses regarding rural health, rural small business development, rural housing, and Tribal communities.
This research-to-practice brief identifies programmatic solutions to support reentry for young adults who have been involved in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system as they navigate employment and education pathways. The brief summarizes best practices from nine communities under the three-year U.S. Department of Labor-funded Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC). CRC communities are: Southeast Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Denver, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Louisville, Kentucky; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; St. Louis, Missouri; and Albany, New York.
This brief identifies challenges for addressing families in rural areas who fall within the child welfare system and who also encounter substance misuse. It also illustrates several challenges that include a lack of family-centered options as well as transportation and technological limitations in addressing the needs of parents with substance abuse. The brief also points out the need for collaboration in rural areas between child welfare agencies and substance use treatment providers.
The U.S. Department of Labor offers a comprehensive set of resources in celebration of National Mentoring Month. This site includes information on adult mentoring, being a mentor, mentoring as a component of reentry, and workplace mentoring. Also included are materials from four previously held webinars that cover communication strategies for mentoring programs, mentoring youth with disabilities, rural mentoring, and the power of workplace mentoring with youth. There are also references to leading national mentoring organizations.