Tuesday, March 23, 2021 1:00 PM ~ 2:30 PM ET

Local communities will share their experiences operating summer opportunities during 2020 and explore ideas for the summer ahead. 



Panelists will highlight their service delivery strategies and operating plans for serving youth in a challenging environment.  The goal of the peer exchange is to provide youth program practitioners with information to build a successful summer initiative for participants served under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program.  Practitioners will learn tips on strengthening relationships with employers, developing virtual work experiences, and designing support services to meet participant's unique needs.  This interactive session will provide the audience an opportunity to engage panelists in discussions on innovative practices to help overcome service delivery barriers and provide meaningful work experiences for the 2021 summer and beyond.  
Please review our Summer Webcasts 2020,, in advance. These webcasts feature local areas sharing their experiences serving youth in the  summer of 2020.  The conversations address the challenges, innovative practices, and adjustments they made to help youth attain successful outcomes. Listen and learn the experiences and activities undertaken by these local areas to serve youth in challenging times.
If you have any questions or any best practices to share in advance, please e-mail


Maisha Meminger, Manpower Analyst, Division of Youth Services, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration



Mariama Sesay, Employment & Training Administration; Division of Youth Services Virtual Intern

Sally Payne, Executive Director, Ozark Career Academy

Heather Pipkin, Director of Programs, Workforce Development Board of Eastern Arkansas

Blythe Brunner, Project Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central PA--PA CareerLink