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Date: April 16, 2013

Subject: ACTION: Approval of Fiscal Year 2013 National Summer Transportation Institute Programs

From: Warren Whitlock
Associate Administrator, Office of Civil Rights

To: Division Administrators

In Reply Refer to: HCR-20

This memorandum is to advise you that after a thorough review of the FY 2013 NSTI applications, funding has been approved for the host sites listed on the enclosed attachments. Applications from each submitting State were reviewed by the State Transportation Agencies (STAs) and then the Division Offices against the statutory eligibility criteria and the NSTI project selection criteria before being forwarded to the Headquarters Office of Civil Rights (HCR). Sixty-eight applications met both sets of criteria, and were deemed by HCR to be qualified. The enclosed list was reviewed and approved by the FHWA Administrator and by the Secretary. The recommended projects provide an equitable and geographic distribution of the available NSTI funds.

Please note that you will soon receive another memo from me allocating funding for the recommended projects. In the meantime, please inform your State that its host site(s) should proceed with student recruitment as soon as possible.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the success of the NSTI as a youth-based educational and awareness program. These factors include, but are not limited to: the ability to give youth more individualized attention; teaching work ethic values that help to build students' character; providing a safe environment; and mentoring programs to encourage career or post-secondary educational opportunities.

The factors mentioned above are not only characteristic of the individual NSTI host site programs, but also, we suggest, characteristic of promising practices in career pathway programs that work primarily with at-risk youth. The FHWA is working closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor to strengthen career pathway programs for at-risk youth and other underserved communities. Therefore, as your State's host site recruits students for its NSTI program in FY 13, the FHWA encourages the host sites to work closely with their Mayor's offices, local education agencies, workforce training programs, and other community-based organizations to assist with conducting outreach and recruitment for this year's Summer Transportation Institute.

We will hold a kick-off call with all 2013 National Summer Transportation Institute Host Sites on May 1, 2013 at 1:30 p. m. EST. Please ask all of your host sites to save the date and we will send additional information about how to access the call in the next week.

Please do not hesitate to contact Joyce Gottlieb, NSTI Program Manager, if you have any questions at (202)366-3664, or via email at: joyce.gottlieb@dot.gov.

Thank you.

FY 13 NSTI Program Funding

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