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About The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth)

The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth) is a collaboration between the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, The Council of State Governments, the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Center was created in 2019 by the United States Department of Labor. It seeks to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by helping states build capacity in their youth service delivery and workforce systems. New materials and resources will be added to the site in the upcoming months.

CAPE-Youth:

      • Conducts research on new and existing innovative policy and practice approaches to improving transition and employment-related outcomes of youth and young adults with disabilities
      • Develops strategic partnerships between national, state and local workforce systems
      • Shares best practices among key stakeholders from individuals and families to state legislators and beyond
      • Helps states identify opportunities to expand career pathways, work-based learning, strategic partnerships, systems coordination and professional development for youth and young adults

About the Partners

The Office of Disability Employment Policy

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

ODEP’s mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. To fulfill this mission, ODEP promotes the adoption and implementation of ODEP policy strategies and effective practices — meaning those that ODEP has developed and/or validated — that will impact the employment of people with disabilities. ODEP’s approach is to drive systems and practice changes by disseminating ODEP policy strategies and effective practices, sharing information, and providing technical assistance to government agencies, service providers and non-governmental entities, as well as public and private employers. Through these activities, ODEP contributes to the achievement of: DOL’s Strategic Goal 1: Support the ability of all Americans to find good jobs, and Strategic Objective 1.3: Develop evidence-based policies, practices, and tools to foster a more inclusive workforce to increase quality employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The Council of State Governments

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments (CSG) is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

The CSG Center of Innovation is the CSG policy shop. The Center leverages CSG’s considerable convening power and its demonstrated success in providing outreach and technical assistance to the states to acquire external funding for projects focused on CSG member priorities. The CSG Center of Innovation provides a convenient and effective platform to collaborate with these valued partners and leverage those partnerships to secure funding for joint initiatives. Rather than a think tank, the CSG Center of Innovation is a practical resource for state officials in all three branches of government.

The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute (YTI) on Employment and Disability, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Cornell University

Cornell University’s ILR School, a “college of and for the workplace” with a focus on human resources, worker rights, labor economics, and law and relations, will serve as a member of the Consortium. The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute (YTI) on Employment and Disability within the ILR School has been a provider of federally- and state-sponsored research, training, technical assistance and organizational development surrounding workforce development, community employment innovations, transition planning for youth with disabilities and workplace disability inclusion policies and practices since the mid-1960s. YTI’s team has written numerous articles, research briefs and training materials/curricula on employment, transition, and workplace initiatives.

The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry

The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research is located in the University of Massachusetts Medical, Department of Psychiatry. The Department has a strong program of research and is comprised of over 300 faculty and 2,000 staff. Its mission is to provide state-of-the-art and recovery-informed care, research, training and community engagement in an effort to enhance the mental health of all citizens. Within the Department of Psychiatry, the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) has served as a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Center of Excellence since 1994. iSPARC faculty and staff are a multidisciplinary group, with a long track record of conducting mental health services, and implementation and policy research.

For more information on The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth), please contact:

Contact info@capeyouth.org for any questions.

Dina Klimkina

Program Manager
dklimkina@csg.org

Sydney Geiger

Policy Analyst
sgeiger@csg.org

Elise Gurney

Research Associate
egurney@csg.org

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This cooperative agreement is fully funded by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy in the amount of $5 million under Cooperative Agreement No. OD-33982-19-75-4-21. This item does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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Preparation of this item was fully funded by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy in the amount of $5 million under Cooperative Agreement No. OD-33982-19-75-4-21. This item does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.