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Wednesday, September 11
5:30 am - 6:40 am

So, You Say You Want a Revolution: Inspiring New Practices to Engage Youth

Avenue 34 – Studio 2 (Lower Lobby)


Even if the Beatles are not your thing, you were once a young person trying to transition into the labor market! State workforce agencies are engaged in a range of tactics to leverage WIOA and related funding and partnerships to engage youth and support successful transitions. Stop in to learn where Texas, Illinois, South Dakota, and Maryland are heading, and why. Their efforts range from youth outreach strategies to youth outcomes measurement, with innovative workforce development and apprenticeship programming in between. There will be time to share your agency's vision and success stories, and to discuss a favorite topic -- WIOA waivers!

Moderator: Cher Haavind, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Communications Officer, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and Past President, NASWA Communications Committee


  • Dawn Dovre, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
  • Ewa Gallagher, Economist, Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Christopher MacLarion, Apprenticeship Director, Maryland Department of Labor
  • Jason Vaden, Director, Workforce Program Policy, Texas Workforce Commission