Supplemental Youth Employment and Training Program
The Supplemental Youth Em- ployment and Training Program (SYSP) is a component of the WIOA service provided by NCIDC. This program is designed to pro- vide a meaningful work experi- ence for American Indian youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Job sites in local Native organi- zations and various other local businesses are developed to pre- pare participants for future work environments. A combination of educational and vocational skill development is used to benefit clients. There are three major strategies for linking work and learning:
Job links which combine learn- ing with work experience or oc- cupational training;
Functional Context Education, which integrates workplace ma- terials and problems into basic skills curriculum; and
WorksiteTraining,whichteaches basic skills through actual work performed on the job.
The specific strategy used is matched to the needs of the youth being served and the goals of the pro- gram. However, there are several key elements common to all three work and learning strategies:
- Some exposure to real work is built into every basic skills pro- gram, whether in the form of job shadowing, summer jobs, part- time work, or on-the-job train- ing.
- Quality worksites are key, in- cluding real work for real pay and close, caring supervision.
- Collaboration between busi- ness and employment pro- fessionals is also essential—to develop curriculum, arrange credit and flexible work hours and to ensure communica- tion between instructors and supervisors.