The Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools, connecting young Nebraskans to learning opportunities in the workforce that can play an important role in their decision to build their careers in our state.
The intent of DYTI is to support an industry-defined approach to develop a youth talent pipeline for our state’s emerging STEM workforce, especially in Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare and Engineering occupations. Grant recipients will partner with schools to engage 7th and 8th grade students in participation of hands-on career exploration and relevant workplace-learning opportunities. Exposing this next generation of leaders to the advanced skills and knowledge required for STEM occupations encourages an expanding workforce to help Grow Nebraska.
Eligible Grant Applicants
Applicants must be a for-profit Nebraska businesses or consortiums of businesses in any industry. Non-profit businesses can be part of a business consortium. Eligible businesses, or consortium of businesses, must partner with local public schools to create a sustainable project plan. Letters of support from all entities participating in the application and identification of all cash and in-kind match is also requested within the application.
Projects must facilitate 7th and 8th grade student participation in hands-on STEM career exploration and exposure to STEM skills in order to increase interest and awareness of STEM occupations among area students. Priority may be given to projects with a focus on IT, manufacturing, healthcare and engineering skills. Eligible projects may be structured in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to) activities such as:
Application Review Criteria
Applications are evaluated based on the information provided in the application plus information obtained by DED staff.
DED and the review committee may preference applications and projects that also provide:
Applications are reviewed and selected by a committee of leaders from DED and the Nebraska Department(s) of Education (NDE) and Labor (NDOL). The committee will recommend projects to the DED Director for final approval.
DED will provide a required, standard pre and post assessment that should be given to students before and after project engagement (i.e. intervention) each academic year. Signature Projects (those awarded $50,000 or more) are required to utilize a 3rd party evaluator. Applicants may select the evaluator; potential evaluators include Frank Shimerdla (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dick Meyers (email@example.com).
March 2nd: Applications will be opened; a link to the application will be provided here
July 1st at 12:00pm: Applications due
July 10: Review committee meets
July: Notices of award and denial sent
August 1: Contracts begin
For more information, please review the DYTI resources or contact Karrissa Jyles at Karrissa.Jyles@nebraska.gov or 402-432-0912.
Press Release: February 5, 2020 – DED Announces Changes to Developing Youth Talent Initiative Grant Guidelines