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How can the MEP coordinate
services for OSY?

Because OSY students are not attending school like traditional migratory students, often their needs are unrecognized or unmet. However, OSY students are eligible to the same coordination and provision of services through the MEP that all migratory students receive. OSY may have health, nutritional, transportation, and even school supply needs. MEPs should ensure that OSY needs are identified and services are provided through coordination of services, referred services, or direct services.

Note: If providing any type of technology to OSY, ensure district policy is followed for issuing a device to any student. Technology should be loaned, not given, to students.

OSY Profile Meeting (submitted by Brownsville ISD)

Once an OSY student has been identified the migrant recruiter meets with the OSY student face-to-face to create a student profile and provide a copy of the district-specific OSY Brochure. Specific referrals are made and highlighted on the brochure depending on the identified needs of the OSY student.

OSY Service Referrals (submitted by La Joya ISD)

When meeting with OSY, be prepared with the resources available with career opportunities in the immediate vicinity. OSY seeking employment will have better success outcomes if contact is made with the participating agency prior to student referral. An OSY should not be sent to an appointment without consulting with the receiving agency first in order to make for a smooth transition and so that the service provider is expecting the OSY. Use the OSY Student Services Referral form to document services coordinated for the OSY and when/how those services were received.

MET Services – community support and job training (submitted by Donna ISD)

Motivation Education & Training, Inc. (MET) is a private nonprofit corporation that began serving rural areas of southeast Texas in 1967. The agency is community oriented and supports an agenda of action that leads to self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and commitment to furthering individual social and economic progress through education, training and other appropriate activities. MET provides an avenue of self-sufficiency that leads to livable wages for farmworkers through the National Farmworker Jobs Program . There are 10 field offices for the MET located across Texas.

OSY Community Fair (submitted by Weslaco ISD)

In order to expose OSY students to the benefits from services that may be available to them, organizing a community fair where local job agencies, technical schools, and other local organizations that provide services to the population is helpful. In addition, it establishes a rapport with the OSY student, which may increase the likelihood of them completing their education.

Other resources available to Texas MEP to support OSY

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High School Equivalency Program 

The HEP helps migratory and seasonal farm-workers and their immediate family members who are 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and subsequently to gain employment or begin post-secondary education or training. HEP helps students who have dropped out of high school get their High School Equivalency Credentials and serves more than 6,000 students annually. HEP Projects are located across the United States .

Texas High School Equivalency Program 

The purpose of the HSEP is to prepare eligible students to pass the high school equivalency exams instead of earning a high school diploma. The HSEP allows students who are at risk of dropping out of high school to earn a high school equivalency credential. The TEA provides a list of schools which operate a HSEP.

Instructional Services for Out-of-School Youth and Secondary Youth 

The goal of iSOSY is to develop resources and materials to address the needs of migratory youth. iSOSY helps students identify and achieve their academic and career goals with support from innovative technology. iSOSY expands capacity at the state and local levels to support the success of out-of-school youth and secondary students who are at risk of dropping out of high school.

Note: Texas is not a member of the iSOSY consortium.

National Center for Farmworker Health 

The federal Migrant Health Program provides funds to health centers located around the country to provide health care to nearly 800,000 farmworkers and their families every year.

211 Texas 

A program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, 211 Texas is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. 211 helps with all types of services in the State of Texas including food, health, housing, and more. The 211 Texas Information & Referral Network is free, anonymous and may be accessed 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1.

Workforce Solutions 

Under the direction of the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions provides job seekers with the skills, and business with the talent, they need to be successful. This is possible with the array of programs and services we offer; from child care assistance and training opportunities.

Job Corps 

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people ages 16 through 24. Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits through Job Corps.

National Guard Youth Challenge 

Youth Challenge intervenes in and reclaims the lives of 16-18-year-old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens. Participants looking for a way to succeed outside of a traditional school setting learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to obtain their high school diploma or equivalency.