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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-…

Measuring Up: Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness

Measuring Up: Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall outlines a set of outcomes and measures associated with the core outcome areas for youth experiencing homelessness presented by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Framework to End Youth Homelessness. This initiative provides communities with a set of metrics to help facilitate consistent data collection related to core outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness across programs and organizations, regardless of their funding source. The report covers the following core outcome areas: stable housing, permanent connections, education, employment, and social-emotional well-being. The authors contend that adopting these consistent measures will improve the evidence and tools for youth outcomes nationwide. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25838
Authors
Morton, M.H., Blondin, M., Chrisler, A., Pufpaff, J., Kull, M.A., Kugley, S., Elliott, K.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/Measuring-Up-Youth-Outcom…

Including All Voices: Achieving Opportunity Youth Collaboration Success Through Youth and Adult Engagement

Including All Voices: Achieving Opportunity Youth Collaboration Success Through Youth and Adult Engagement
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions highlights promising strategies in youth engagement and youth-led change through its Opportunity Youth Forum communities (OYF). Opportunity youth are defined as 16- to 24-year-olds who are out of work and school. OYF supports youth activities representing four stages along a continuum: basic engagement, participatory engagement, influencing programs and systems, and youth- and adult-led change. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25823
Authors
Nemoy, Y., Miles, M.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Aspen Institutes website: https://aspencommunitysolutions.org/report/including-all-voices/

Implementing Change: The State Advisory Groups Role in Addressing the Intersection of Homelessness and Juvenile Justice

Implementing Change: The State Advisory Groups Role in Addressing the Intersection of Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) developed this issue brief to help State Advisory Groups (SAGs) better understand their role in addressing the intersections between juvenile justice and youth homelessness. CJJ encourages SAGs to educate state lawmakers and local agencies about the intersection of these two issues, undertake research to improve policies and practices, and partner with organizations to reduce criminalization for unstably housed youth and prevent homelessness among system-involved youth.

Accession number
25697
Type new
Brief
Organization

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Series
Implementing Change
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/State%20Ad…

Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults

Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) developed this resource for policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders as a guide to applying the principles outlined in the organizations’ earlier report, “Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change.” The goal of this guide is to help communities prevent homelessness among juvenile justice-involved young adults and to decrease the likelihood that young adults experiencing homelessness become involved with the juvenile justice system. CJJ provides recommendations for action following each of the 10 principles. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25700
Authors
Pilnik, L.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Implementi…

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to Enhance Emotional Regulation and Resilience Among Street-involved Youth

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to Enhance Emotional Regulation and Resilience Among Street-involved Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This book chapter describes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an evidence-based mental health intervention that shows promise in addressing the dramatic emotional needs of youth who are homeless. Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and self-harm often interfere with the capacity of street-involved youth to engage in the full spectrum of health and social services intended to support them in exiting the street. While literature evaluating the effectiveness of DBT for homeless youth is limited, the treatment has demonstrated the capacity to decrease self-harm and suicidality, and to improve mental health indicators such as depression and anxiety. The chapter provides an overview of DBT, including individual therapy and group skills training, as well as crisis support and consultation team meetings. It then discusses adaptations made to the intervention to better meet the needs of street-involved youth. It also describes a study implementing DBT with street-involved youth across two agencies that provide services to this population. Results indicate that participants in the DBT intervention experienced a reduction in mental health distress that was maintained at four and 10 weeks post-intervention. The chapter concludes with a discussion of important considerations in implementing DBT in community settings.  

Accession number
25429
Authors
McCay, E., Aiello, A.
Type new
Book Chapter
Organization

Toronto, Canada: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for download free of charge from the Homeless Hub, a service of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at http://homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/COH-MentalHealthBook.pdf.

Building Systems of Integrated Student Support: A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders

Building Systems of Integrated Student Support: A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Center for Promise at Boston University in collaboration with the Center for Optimized Student Support at Boston College provides an overview of how integrated student support (ISS) systems help promote academic success and improve life outcomes by removing barriers and coordinating services and resources. The brief provides policymakers and stakeholders at the state and local levels with policy recommendations and guidance about ISS for children, youth, and families. This brief includes examples of ISS systems implemented at state and local levels.

Accession number
25723
Authors
J. Wasser Gish
Type new
Brief
Organization

Americas Promise Alliance

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Americas Promise Alliance website at: https://www.americaspromise.org/resource/building-systems-integrated-st…

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, both under the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), developed this resource to support local jurisdictions in their efforts to develop new or strengthen existing human trafficking task forces. This e-Guide provides strategies, case studies, and lessons learned from existing task forces. It also connects to other tools and resources. As a web-based publication, DOJ and its partners can periodically update the e-Guide with new resources and tools.

Accession number
25729
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

U.S. Department of Justice

Year published new
2019
Availability