On April 26, the Department of Education announced the availability of funding for the second round of up to 10 Performance Partnership Pilots (P3s) to develop innovative strategies to engage and improve outcomes for youth who are out of school and not working. The P3 program provides these partnerships with flexibility in spending funds from the departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services and Justice, and Housing and Urban Development. The flexibility is meant to encourage better alignment and integration in spending funds at the state and local level.
Pilots that target disconnected youth living in communities that have experienced civil unrest, rural communities, Promise Zones, in one or more Indian tribes, and who have significant barriers to education and employment such as youth with disabilities, those living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty or those involved in the justice system will be given priority. Partnerships are also given priority under the request for applications if they provide disconnected youth with work-based learning opportunities.
Under the first round of the P3 initiative, pilots were launched in the following areas:
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Broward County, Florida
- Chicago, Illinois
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Los Angeles, California
- The State of Oklahoma
- Seattle, Washington
- Southeastern Kentucky, including Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, and Perry Counties
- Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
Applications for this second round will be accepted through June 27, 2016 and a call for a third round of applications is anticipated in the next few months.