PEPNet is for professionals in the fields of workforce development, youth development and education and who want to operate, work in, fund and promote youth programming that works. Specifically, it is for:
- Professionals responsible for or otherwise concerned with preparing young people, ages 12 to 25, for a successful transition to adulthood. This includes program administrators, staff and board members of programs that are providing young people with or connecting them to employment, education, training and other developmental opportunities, services and support.
- Professionals who fund, evaluate and set policies for programs, including staff and members of Workforce Investment Boards, Youth Councils, school boards, state and local agencies and other governing bodies; foundation program officers and boards; and local, state and federal legislators and officials who establish the public policies that determine the amount of support for and the overall structure of programs.
- Professionals responsible for supporting youth programs, including networks, training and technical assistance providers and consultants.
Yes. The PEPNet system is designed to be general enough to help any program, funder, policy maker or other professional who recognizes the need to link young people to the workforce and learning opportunities while helping them develop into responsible adults. It presents common principles and practices that work, regardless of funding source or program type.
PEPNet is being used by programs operated by community-based organizations, public and private schools, corporations, national non-profit organizations, state departments and city agencies. These programs operate in all geographic regions of the country, in rural areas, in big cities and in suburban neighborhoods. They serve youth still in school and those who have left school (as graduates or as drop-outs). They serve youthful offenders in residential facilities, middle-class youth, youth in the foster care system, youth with disabilities and youth of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Many programs receive funding through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) or other federal programs, but certainly not all. PEPNet's Online Index to Quality Practices can be searched by funding stream, program type, youth population served (including urban or rural), PEPNet standard/indicator or key word to find examples from programs most similar to yours.