Opportunity Young Adult Career Pathway Program SFP – PY 23-24

Workforce Services Information Notice                                                         


Issued: December 22, 2023
Revised: January 10, 2024

The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, announces the availability of up to $16 million in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Governor’s discretionary funds for the Opportunity Young Adult (OYA) Career Pathway Program Solicitation for Proposals (SFP) Program Year (PY) 2023-24.

The OYA Career Pathway Program PY 23-24 grants will be awarded to design and implement projects that focus on creating pathways to success that test and demonstrate program strategies to improve employment outcomes and reduce persistent economic inequities for OYA 18-28 years of age. The OYA Career Pathway Program should position OYA to obtain access to good-quality jobs, including jobs that pay family-sustaining wages, offer benefits, have predictable hours, opportunities for career advancement, and worker voice. Projects will also provide investments for wrap-around support and services to increase the likelihood of program completion, employment outcomes, and career pathway advancement, including comprehensive case management with a trauma-informed lens.

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations, labor unions, public agencies (local governments), tribal governments, community colleges, local workforce boards, and education and training providers. Applicants, including collaborations among partners, must have demonstrated expertise in assisting OYA and in workforce development programs. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Proposal applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. PST on February 5, 2024. For more information, refer to the SFP. An Informational Webinar is scheduled for January 11, 2024, at 10 a.m. PST.  Pre-registration is required for all participants by January 11, 2024 by 9 a.m. PST. Refer to the EDD’s Workforce Development Solicitation for Proposals website for the preregistration link. The EDD encourages applicants to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by January 19, 2024, by 12 noon PST to WSBSFP3@edd.ca.gov.

Central Office Workforce Services Division

Federal Funding Disclosure: This Opportunity Young Adult Career Pathway Program Fund is funded by a grant award of $16 million (100%) from the U.S. Department of Labor, with $0 (0%) financed from non-federal sources