January 27, 2022


Mid America Workforce Investment Board –

Youth Council Committee Meeting

January 27th, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m.


Call Meeting to Order

Public Comment on Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes from the September 30th, 2021 meeting

Provider Updates

MERS Updated Incentive Policy (Voting Item)

Service Delivery Strategy



New Initiatives, Success Stories, etc.

The next Mid America Workforce Investment Board meeting will be Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted via Zoom technology


Youth Council

Meeting Minutes



Attendees:                                                                                                                               Staff:

Larry McLean (Chair)                                                                                                              Brenda Boggs

Ken Keeney                                                                                                                             Cassandra Ellis

Barb Cempura                                                                                                                         Cindy Layman

Vicki Niederhofer                                                                                                                    Lee Reese

                                                                                                                                                Matt Jones     

                                                                                                                                                Rick Stubblefield

                                                                                                                                                Linda VanderPluym


Tracy Bozarth – MERS

Hilary Wagner – MERS

Larry McLean called the meeting to order at 9:01A.M.

With no public comment, Larry asked for a motion to approve the September 30, 2021, meeting minutes.  A motion to approve was made by Vicki Niederhofer and seconded by Larry McLean.  The minutes were unanimously approved.

Next, For Provider Updates, Brenda Boggs presented the Youth Report and highlighted some of the enrollment numbers as well as the current staffing situation at MERS.  Tracy Bozarth from MERS commented that they anticipate In-School Youth (ISY) numbers to increase this quarter.  In addition to answering questions about the report, Brenda report that she and Cassandra Ellis met with Mereadith Shivers, the new Director of Adult Education at SWIC.  Cassandra also mentioned that she has been working on strategically exiting youth from the program, which led to a discussion about Performance Measures (later agenda item).  As part of the discussion, Matt Jones shared the performance screen and explained, along with Brenda and Cassandra, the different youth measures & noted that the Youth Measurable Skills Gain was just now beginning to show data after much discussions with DCEO.  Much like last year, the Youth MSG would be a long upward climb, but all measures should be met or exceeded by the end of Program Year 2021.  Next, the MERS updated incentive policy was presented as a voting item.  After a brief discussion and an explanation by Cassandra that this was updated to greater incentivize participants and improve performance & spending outcomes, Vicki Niederhofer made a motion to approve and it was seconded by Larry McLean (Note: Barb Cempura joined the meeting later but had previously stated her approval vote on the updated incentive policy).  Moving the Service Delivery Strategy agenda item to the end of the meeting, Larry next asked for an update on monitoring.  Cassandra mentioned that she is currently monitoring files and Matt reminded everyone that the state is scheduled to conduct programmatic and fiscal monitoring the week of June 6th.  For New Initiatives and Success Stories, Brenda reported many new Paid Work Experience (PWE) sites in the area for both MERS and SWIC.  Brenda and Cassandra also stated that they participated in the Youth Symposium in December and felt it was a great source of information and best practices.


Before addressing Service Delivery Strategy, Larry asked that any guests outside of committee and staff exit the Zoom meeting.  After a lengthy discussion centered around bringing more of the youth services in-house as well as the RFP process and staffing ideas, Rick Stubblefield and Larry McLean presented the following item:  I would ask for a motion and a second to move youth services, except high school equivalency preparation and testing, in-house for the program year starting July 1, 2022.  A motion to approve was made by Barb Cempura, seconded by Ken Keeney and unanimously approved. 

In closing, Matt reminded the council that the next MAWIB meeting will be February 10th @ 8:30AM & will be held via Zoom.  With no further discussion, Larry adjourned the meeting at 10:04A.M.