Center for Workforce Development
Eric Cline joined IEL in October 2009 as the Project Coordinator for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), an evidence-based, career-focused, national mentoring program for youth with disabilities involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. RAMP is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Eric also works on the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP). His NCWD/Youth-related work involves identifying and disseminating innovative strategies for serving all youth, including youth with disabilities. Eric is also the technical assistance liaison for two ODEP-funded youth apprenticeship grantees.
Prior to his work at IEL, Eric served as Project Coordinator for Member Services and Quality Initiatives at the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC), where he edited NYEC’s monthly e-publication, managed the annual NYEC Members Forum, and designed and trained professionals on the NYEC Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) Online Tools for Program Improvement. He managed the NYEC PEPNet Pilot Accreditation process for youth development, workforce development, and education programs and worked in communities and youth-serving systems to identify quality standards-based areas for strength and growth that funders and policymakers used to target technical assistance efforts. Eric moved to Washington, DC from Denver, CO where he worked as a Youth Opportunity case manager and Lead Coordinator at a drop-in urban youth center called The Spot, where he performed job coaching, tutoring, goal planning, and crisis and suicide intervention with youth ages 14 to 24.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theater Arts from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. He has worked for Denver's Rape Assistance and Awareness Program; helped found the Broomfield Summer Youth Players, a youth-for-youth theater company in Colorado; and assisted in launching a regular social and support group for GLBTQ youth living in central Iowa.