Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth Employment Initiative

Publication Date: July 29, 2011


Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), local areas throughout the country had the opportunity to offer subsidized summer employment to large numbers of youth in 2009 and 2010. In summer 2010, these initiatives relied largely on Recovery Act funds allocated to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF Emergency Fund). Capitalizing on the flexibility offered by the TANF Emergency Fund and building on their summer 2009 experiences using Recovery Act funds allocated to the Workforce Investment Act Youth program, state and local TANF and workforce agencies partnered to plan and administer summer youth employment initiatives in 2010.

This study examines qualitative data collected in 10 local sites across seven states to describe the partnerships between state and local TANF and workforce agencies, particular aspects of the youth employment initiatives that the TANF funding affected, and youths’ summer work experiences.

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