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									California Green Jobs Corps

Program Design Overview (DRAFT)




For informational purposes only – the Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) scheduled to be
released May 1, 2009 will detail all program requirements.
Presentation Overview


 CaliforniaVolunteers Overview

 Green Jobs Corps DRAFT Program Model
 Overview
 Program Differentiators
 Target Population and Program Pathway
 Partnership Model
 Service Component
 Definition of Success

 Key Dates




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CaliforniaVolunteers Overview


•   CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives aimed at
    increasing the number of Californians engaged in service and volunteering

•   CaliforniaVolunteers is led by the nation’s first state cabinet-level Secretary of Service
    and Volunteering and is supported by a bipartisan 25-member commission appointed by
    the Governor

•   Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California, serves as the honorary chair of the
    commission

•   Established in 1994, CaliforniaVolunteers serves as the state service commission for
    California, including primary responsibility for administering the state’s AmeriCorps
    portfolio

•   The agency Web site, CaliforniaVolunteers.org, features more than 45,000 volunteer
    opportunities throughout California

•   CaliforniaVolunteers has extensive experience with developing community-based
    strategies to address local needs




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 CaliforniaVolunteers Footprint




                                                        Disaster Volunteering
   AmeriCorps               Volunteer Action                                            Green Jobs Corps
                                                           & Preparedness
• Nearly 4,000 members    • California Volunteer        • Disaster Corps and Citizen   • Newly launched
  serve is more than        Matching Network              Corps Program                  Governor’s initiative
  700 nonprofit
  organizations           • Cesar Chavez Day            • Volunteer and donations      • Seeks to provide 1,000 at-
  statewide                                               management in times of         risk youth with workforce
                          • Business Partner Program      disaster                       development
• Members serve to                                                                       opportunities
  address community       • Volunteer recognition       • Statewide preparedness
  needs in the areas of     programming                   campaign                     • 20 month pilot program
  education, public                                                                      that will support a
  safety, health and      • Nonprofit Leadership        • Coordination with non-         minimum of 10 regional
  human needs, and the      Series                        governmental                   Green Jobs Corps sites
  environment                                             organizations                  statewide




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California Green Jobs Corps Overview


•   Pilot program announced by Governor Schwarzenegger on March 16, 2009

•   Partnership between the Governor’s Office, CaliforniaVolunteers, California Labor and
    Workforce Development Agency, the California Employment Development Department
    (EDD) and others

•   Will prepare at least 1,000 at-risk youth ages 16-24 for jobs in California’s emerging
    green economy

•   Programs will prepare youth by creating individualized pathways that provide life and soft
    skills, academic training, job training/experience, and service activities

•   Applicants will be evaluated on the effectiveness of their partnership in developing these
    pathways for program participants




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California Green Jobs Corps Program Highlights


•   Eligible lead applicants are either Workforce         •   Grantees will be required to secure
    Investment Boards (WIBs) or Community                     matching funds (1:1) – public or
    Colleges                                                  private, cash or in-kind




•   Lead applicant will be required to develop a
    partnership with a WIB or Community College           •   Maximum grant size of $1 million
    (whichever is not the lead) as well as a
    nonprofit and employer



•   Will utilize $10 million in Governor’s                •   Anticipate awarding 10-15 grants
    discretionary Workforce Investment Act (WIA)              total, with a minimum of one in each
    funds available via the American Recovery                 of the state’s nine economic regions
    and Reinvestment Act




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Green Job Corps Program Differentiators

Compared to similar programs, the Green Jobs Corps brings a unique value in the following areas:

                    •   Offers a comprehensive curriculum, ranging from life and soft skills to job skills
   Education/       •   Requires training in environmental stewardship and civic responsibility
   Curriculum       •   Promotes achievement of high school diploma or equivalent and/or technical education


                    •   Requires programs to have a collaborative partnership between WIBs, community
    Required
                        colleges, nonprofits and private sector employers
   Partnership      •   Encourages broad, regional partnerships with multiple organizations such as service
                        programs, adult education, K-12, labor management partnerships, etc.


    Outreach        •   Uses CaliforniaVolunteers’ unique position to convene and broker partnerships
                    •   Works with nonprofits to inform them of funding and participation opportunities



                    •   Ensures common, high-profile branding of Green Jobs Corps for all local programs
    Branding        •   Provides Green Jobs Corps branded items (i.e., uniforms, patches, etc.)



                    •   Requires a service component – anticipate a minimum of 10 percent of program hours
     Service
                    •   Allows flexibility for implementation of service component




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Target Population Criteria and Program Pathway

 The mix and duration of program elements will vary depending on the skill set and needs of the
 individual participants.
Target Population:
   Youth aged 16-24                                           Working toward GED, high school diploma or
   Low income (as defined in the WIA guidelines)               continuation of career technical education
   At risk (as defined by WIA guidelines)


                                           Green Jobs Corps Participant Pathway
Months                  6                                        12              14                             20

                Pre-Training
            (life and soft skills,
                                            Job Training / Part-Time Job
                environmental
                                                     Placement
          stewardship and civic                                                       Full-Time Job Placement
                responsibility)

                              Formal Education (as needed)


                                            Service (ongoing or project based)



         Recruitment                                  Participant Case Management
             and
         Assessment
                                                             Applicant Reporting



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Green Jobs Corps Program Partnership Model

The partnership model outlined below demonstrates our commitment to a well developed program that
is comprehensive and regionally based.



Eligible Lead Applicants/Fiscal
Agents:                                                                Lead Applicant
  WIBs and/or Community Colleges will                          Workforce Investment Board or
   be the lead applicant and fiscal agent                            Community College

  Each partnership is required to include       Nonprofit(s)                                        Employer(s)
   a WIB, Community College, nonprofit                           Community
                                                                                         WIB(s)
   (particularly ones with service                               College(s)
                                                                                      (if not lead
                                                                  (if not lead
   experience) and employer                                                           applicant)
                                                                  applicant)

  Other organizations (i.e., conservation
                                                                     Other Potential Partners
   corps, adult education, K-12, etc.) are         Such as AmeriCorps, California Conservation Corps, certified
   also encouraged to be a part of the           local conservation corps, K-12 schools/districts, adult education,
   regional partnership                              apprenticeship training programs, YouthBuild, Job Corps,
                                                    community action agencies, private sector companies, labor
                                                   management partnerships, environmental organizations, local
  WIBs and Community Colleges will be                       government, career service organizations
   limited to participating in one application
   as the lead applicant and one
   application as a partner




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Service Component

 A unique element of the Green Jobs Corps program is the requirement for participants to complete
 service hours during their job training program.


Potential Approaches:
  Integrate service into soft skills training (e.g., community education in schools, neighborhoods, or other public
   settings)
  Integrate service into job skills training (e.g., weatherization or installation work in low-income communities)
  Organize one-time or ongoing environmental stewardship service projects (e.g., watershed restoration,
   community clean-ups, park builds/restorations)



Considerations:
  Applicants that integrate service experiences into the program design (vs. those that organize one-time
   projects) will receive greater consideration in the selection process
  A minimum of 10 percent of program time must be dedicated to service activities




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Definition of Success

Green Jobs Corps program success will be defined by outcomes in multiple areas.


Potential Outcomes:

  Attendance and/or completion of the program by participants

  Provide a ‘step up the ladder’ – training, GED/diploma, job skills, internship or job

  Service impact on the community – service hours completed, service projects completed

  Active engagement from regional partners including the nonprofit and private sectors

  Performance goals currently used by EDD:

    • Placement in employment, education, or training
    • Attained recognized certificate/diploma/degree
    • Literacy/numeracy gains (out of school youth and basic skills deficient)
    • Retained or returned to secondary school




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Grant Application Key Dates (anticipated)

•   April 1 – begin drafting Solicitation For Proposals

•   April 8 – presentation to California Workforce Association in San Diego

•   April 17 – presentation to Community College conference in Monterey

•   May 1 – EDD issues Solicitation For Proposals

•   May 26 – responses due

•   June 15 – scores compiled; review and selection of applicants

•   July 1 – contracts awarded




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Key Outreach Dates for Potential Applicants


•   Lead applicant must conduct a community forum for potential partners no later than
    Friday, May 15

•   Lead applicant must provide key forum details (date, time, location) to
    CaliforniaVolunteers by Friday, May 8

•   Forum details will be listed on CaliforniaVolunteers.org

•   CaliforniaVolunteers will assist in promoting the community forums

•   CaliforniaVolunteers will provide template materials to assist in organizing community
    forums on CaliforniaVolunteers.org by Monday, April 27




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