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Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Center for Promise is the second in a series that focuses on career pathways programs that serve at-risk youth. The first report, Relationships Come First, introduced the four programs located in Dallas, TX; The Bronx, NY; Washington, DC; and the San Francisco Bay Area. This report presents key findings from group and individual interviews with young people enrolled in the four career pathways programs. The researchers looked at the nature of the relationships the youth developed as their webs of support and how these relationships have helped them work toward personal and professional goals. The report includes personal stories and illustrations from youth study participants.

Accession number
25647
Authors
Pufall Jones, E., Flanagan, S., Zaff, J.F., McClay, C., Varga, S., Rollock, M., Hynes, M., Cole, M.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on Americas Promise Alliance website at: http://www.americaspromise.org/resource/turning-points-how-young-people…

Trends from the Field: Lessons Learned About Alternative Education

Trends from the Field: Lessons Learned About Alternative Education
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

In this brief, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) summarizes how the organization collaborated with key stakeholders at the national, state, local, and institutional level to develop accountability systems for alternative education programs. AYPF outlines the seven lessons learned about what these settings do well, areas that need improvement, opportunities for innovation, and issues requiring further inquiry. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25706
Authors
Kannam, J., Anand, A.
Type new
Brief
Organization

American Youth Policy Forum

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the AYPF website at: https://www.aypf.org/resource/publication_trends-from-the-field/

Supporting Pathways to Long-Term Success for Systems-Involved Youth: Lessons Learned

Supporting Pathways to Long-Term Success for Systems-Involved Youth: Lessons Learned
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) presents three key lessons the organization has identified as critical to promoting pathways to postsecondary education, training, and careers for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, foster care, or both. These three lessons are leveraging authentic youth voice, providing youth with a wide range of comprehensive supports and transitional services, and strategically aligning youth-serving systems and policies. The brief includes best practice spotlights for each of the lessons learned.

Accession number
25710
Type new
Brief
Organization

American Youth Policy Forum

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the AYPF website at: https://www.aypf.org/resource/supporting-pathways-to-long-term-success/

State Laws on High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness

State Laws on High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide provides information about how the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law of 2015 focuses on high school graduation among students who experience homelessness. A list of amendments to the law related to state requirements for homeless students is included. It provides a summary of existing state laws that complement federal requirements from California, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington. 

Accession number
25453
Authors
Schoolhouse Connection
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Schoolhouse Connection website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/statec…

Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness

Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide provides information on how school counseling personnel can support students who are experiencing homelessness. It includes a list of questions to assess their immediate needs related to safety, food, health, family dynamics, transportation, employment, and school. In addition, the guide provides school counselors with action steps they can take based on the outcome of the initial assessment. A checklist for graduation planning is also included. The author discusses issues such as trauma and other barriers that school counselors should consider when working with this student population.

Accession number
25448
Authors
Hurt, Dee
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Schoolhouse Connections

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Schoohouse Connections website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Quick-…

Preparing Students Experiencing Homelessness for College: Considerations for Counselors and Other Supportive Personnel

Preparing Students Experiencing Homelessness for College: Considerations for Counselors and Other Supportive Personnel
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article provides school and career counselors and other educators with background information about students experiencing homelessness (SEH) and research related to college planning for the SEH population. This article uses a Social Cognitive Career Theory framework: self-efficacy, outcome expectations, goal setting, and contextual supports and barriers. The article discusses how homelessness can present barriers to secondary students related to college self-efficacy, outcome expectations of attending and succeeding in college, and goal setting towards college. The article summaries the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and college and career planning for SEH. The authors provide an overview of suggested actions to prepare this student population for college.

Accession number
25619
Authors
Havlik, S.A., Sanders, C., Wilson, E.
Type new
Journal Article
Organization

Western Michigan University

Journal Name

Journal of College Access

Volume new
4
Year published new
2018
Availability

Opportunity Works Four Ways to Help Young Adults Find Pathways to Success

Opportunity Works Four Ways to Help Young Adults Find Pathways to Success
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Opportunity Works initiative, led by Jobs for the Future (JFF) in collaboration with the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, works to bring together a cross-sector collaborative in specific communities to improve outcomes for young people, with special attention paid to those who are homeless, and in or transitioning from the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems. In this report, JFF highlights lessons learned from the initiative, based on the “Back on Track” model, to reconnect opportunity youth and guided by JFF coaching to local anchor organizations and service providers. The authors also describe the complex nature of what it takes to reach these positive results and the many interlocking pieces that are part of the solution. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25867
Authors
Steinberg, A., Almeida, C.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Jobs for the Future

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on Aspen Institutes website at: https://aspencommunitysolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SPUB-OW-…

New Insights into the Back on Track Model’s Effects on Opportunity Youth Outcomes: Opportunity Works Final Evaluation Report

New Insights into the Back on Track Model’s Effects on Opportunity Youth Outcomes: Opportunity Works Final Evaluation Report
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report presents the results from a quasi-experimental evaluation by the Urban Institute in multiple Opportunity Works sites across the country. Opportunity Works was a three-year effort in Opportunity Youth Forum communities led by Jobs for the Future to help opportunity youth—young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school or meaningfully employed—access post-secondary and career pathways. The study found large, consistent, positive effects on participants’ post-secondary enrollment and increased connection with either education or employment about one year after program entry. Specifically, Opportunity Works participants were twice as likely to enroll in college and 25% more likely to be in either education or employment. Post-secondary results were even greater for young men of color, who were nearly six times as likely to enroll in college. This report includes insights and lessons from qualitative field research. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25868
Authors
Anderson, T., Peters, H.E., Braga, B., Derrick-Mills, T., Dodkowski, A., Runes, C., Winkler, M.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

The Aspen Insititute Forum for Community Solutions

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Aspen Institutes website at: https://aspencommunitysolutions.org/report/new-insights-into-the-back-o…

Innovations In Accountability Measures and Processes: Three Case Studies for Alternative Education

Innovations In Accountability Measures and Processes: Three Case Studies for Alternative Education
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

In this brief, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) presents three case studies of how states are dealing with accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) among alternative education settings. These case studies demonstrate the different approaches developed in three states: Georgia, Louisiana, and Wyoming. AYPF published this as a complement to the earlier policy brief entitled, “Measuring Success: Accountability for Alternative Education.” (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25707
Authors
Gillis, D.
Type new
Brief
Organization

American Youth Policy Forum

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download at the AYPF website at: https://www.aypf.org/resource/innovations-in-accountability-measures-pr…

Higher Education: Action Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth

Higher Education: Action Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report describes the findings and recommendations of a United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the college experiences of homeless youth and youth in foster homes, who are often unprepared for the transition to adulthood. GAO examined college enrollment and completion for foster and homeless youth, the extent to which challenges these youth face affect their ability to pursue college, and the extent to which program barriers hinder these youth from obtaining federal financial assistance for college. GAO developed several recommendations to the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to improve homeless and foster youth access to financial assistance for college, including 1) centralizing college information for these youth on Educations website, 2) clarifying Educations guidance, and 3) considering legislative proposals to simplify federal requirements for homeless and foster youth. (Author Abstract Modified)   

Accession number
25391
Authors
United States Government Accountability Office
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2016
Availability

Available free of charge from the U.S. General Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/assets/680/677325.pdf.