Northern Virginia Team Independence

Looking to Improve Skills Development and Employment Opportunities for At-Risk Young Adults, the SkillSource Group, Inc. Launches Innovative Contract to Tie Program Outcomes to Performance Payments

Northern Virginia Becomes First in the Nation to Leverage Pay-for-Performance Provisions of 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


The Project

  • A first-of-its-kind contract designed to increase the number of young adults engaged in education and employment programs has been signed by the SkillSource Group, Inc. (SkillSource), the non-profit entity of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board (NVWDB), and Fairfax County, the One-Stop Operator for Northern Virginia Workforce Area #11, including Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, and the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, Fairfax and Falls Church. The project will look to specifically improve skills development and employment outcomes for economically disadvantaged foster care and justice-involved young adults, ages 18 through 24, utilizing the Northern Virginia Workforce System.
  • The Northern Virginia Team Independence (NVTI) project, a partnership between SkillSource, Fairfax DFS, and social service and justice organizations across Northern Virginia, leverages new Pay-for-Performance (P4P) provisions in the 2014 Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The three-year initiative, which has already enrolled participants, aims to serve a total of 100 out-of-school and unemployed foster care and justice-involved young adults through mobile outreach and enrollment in the community and targeted case management. The programming addresses key barriers to engaging hard-to-reach young adults in the region and aims to provide much needed support to this vulnerable population. In the nine months of 2017 during which the program enrolled participants, 25 young adults were enrolled (compared to 2015 when there were only eight enrollees).
  • The Northern Virginia project is the first local workforce area in the nation to use the P4P provisions in WIOA, which enable workforce boards to encourage providers to focus on harder to reach outcomes through performance—or “bonus”—payments. Over the next three years, SkillSource will set aside P4P bonus payments to DFS to incentivize achievement of the WIOA outcome measures for young adults enrolled in the NVTI project.
  • Among the WIOA outcome measures being tracked for the participants are: skills gained during programming; placement in training, employment or education six months and a year after exit; and attainment of a degree or certificate within a year after exit. Fairfax DFS can earn up to four bonus payments for each young adult enrolled in NVTI, one for each successful outcome achieved over the course of the project. If Fairfax DFS is able to achieve established performance targets with these at-risk young adults, they have the potential to earn up to $150,000 in P4P bonus payments.
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The Service Providers

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The SkillSource Group, Inc. is the non-profit fiscal agent of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board (NVWDB), responsible for administering public workforce services for Northern Virginia’s Area #11, which includes Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Fairfax County. While SkillSource and NVWDB share a common mission, SkillSource is a separate entity with its own Board of Directions and governance structure. SkillSource administers WIOA funding, brings in revenue through grants and other fundraising, implements NVWDB policies, and contracts, and oversees the Public Workforce System in Northern Virginia. 

Fairfax County, officially the County of Fairfax, is a suburban county in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,081,726 in 2015, making it the Commonwealth's most populous jurisdiction, with 13.6% of Virginia's population. In this project, Fairfax County delivered training and employment services at six employment centers in Area XI.

Other Project Partners

Government Advisor & Transaction CoordinatorThird Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

Independent Evaluator: ICF International 

Early Community & Project Supporters:  National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund, Fairfax County Government, First Virginia Community Bank, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and the Prudential Foundation

Additional Information

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