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e. 4. E. Coordinating outreach efforts with NFJP grantees as well as with public and private community service agencies and MSFW groups

Current Narrative:

The Idaho Department of Labor, working through a cooperative agreement with the Community Council of Idaho (CCI- Idaho’s Sec. 167 grantee) and through its One Stop partnerships with Idaho’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Idaho Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program and other community partners, will serve as a lead organization in coordinating outreach efforts at both the state and service area levels. All partners are dedicated to increasing MSFW customers’ awareness and access to education, training and other services.  CCI, as Idaho’s NFJP grantee, is not a subrecipient conducting outreach, but rather a partner in the effort.

At a minimum, the following collaborative activities will occur during the upcoming agricultural seasons:

  • The memorandum of understanding/cooperative agreements for coordination of services between the Idaho Department of Labor and the Community Council of Idaho is in the process of being reviewed and renewed.
  • Ongoing, mutual participation in staff training and ongoing communications to improve MSFW access to community services, particularly workforce services through the One Stop system
  • Partners are collaborating on developing and sharing outreach materials among all entities
  • Coordination of community information and staffing efforts at the local level to enhance outreach
  • The administrative entities are pursuing data sharing agreements to facilitate reporting and data analyses to improve partnership service delivery, and assessment of opportunities and enhancement of processes to streamline co-enrollment

In order to leverage resources, staff coordinate outreach activities with partner organizations in their area, targeting large events to contact a greater number of farmworkers. The State Monitor Advocate and outreach workers continue to make use of appropriate media, especially public service announcements using the multitude of radio stations throughout the state with Spanish programming.

Program service information is presented verbally and/or in writing in both English and Spanish. In many instances, these efforts are coordinated with other agencies, such as Idaho Legal Aid, the Community Council of Idaho, and others in order to provide MSFWs with a comprehensive look at the services available to them.