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A success! Over two hundred participants from throughout the workforce system attended the second American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Performance Accountability Forum held on December 9-10, 2009 in San Francisco, CA.


“Getting Your Questions Answered” was the theme of the forum with multiple sessions dedicated to open discussion.  Presenters gave the latest updates on 1512 reporting, revealed the newest data analysis on ARRA performance reports, reviewed the just released performance reporting clarifications, delved into those sticky issues of serving summer youth after summer, tackled the changes in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act and much, much more.  During “Breakfast with a Performance Guru” participants had the chance to chat with a performance specialist one on one regarding any performance related topic. The closing plenary featured a rare panel with a comprehensive team of performance and reporting specialists from across the country and the National Office answering questions and discussing data.


If you missed the forum, don’t miss the information! All of the presentations are available online at:


Through funding in part from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a career technical center in Rhode Island offered a summer community building project for youth ages 14 to 24. Participants spent 10-weeks constructing a press box and snack bar for a community athletic complex.


Work readiness classes were held each week. Many of the classes had a math component featuring fractions and how they play a key role in many jobs, including construction. Other work readiness sessions included safety, proper dress and being responsible and on-time in the workplace. Participants were introduced to a wide array of building materials needed for a construction project, and instructors explained how and why “green” building products are environmentally friendly.  Using new skills, the summer youth built the press box for the community.


The city was a major project partner, sponsoring the costs of the architect, blue prints, engineering and ground breaking. A local construction company also partnered, and provided guest speakers and field trips to different building sites. Over the course of the summer, the youth worked 20 hours per week, in class and on the job, and were paid $7.40 per hour. Over 150 disadvantaged youth participated, taking with them the ability to learn new skills, apply math in the workplace and understand “green” construction.