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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/

Speaking Out: Youth Led Research as a Methodology Used with Homeless Youth

Speaking Out: Youth Led Research as a Methodology Used with Homeless Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a study that examined participatory action as a methodology for the homeless youth population. Participatory action research is well documented with other marginalized groups, but less so with homeless youth. The study recruited and trained 10 peer researchers who were homeless and between the ages of 18 and 25.  Several important themes emerged from the qualitative interviews conducted by the peer researchers with other homeless youth. The peer researchers reported individual benefits of feeling that participating in the project mattered, that people listened to them, and that they had a voice. In addition, the peer researchers perceived that homeless youth were more likely to talk to them in greater depth as peers compared with adults. Results indicate that youth-led research is a promising methodology for use among homeless youth. The peer researchers agreed that this approach could positively impact the quality and quantity of data that could be collected from youth participants.

Accession number
25513
Authors
Gomez, R.J., Ryan, T.N.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

Volume new
33
Year published new
2016
Availability

Mobilizing Youth: Engaging Young People in Making Community Change

Mobilizing Youth: Engaging Young People in Making Community Change
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Urban Institute discusses how the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is reaching out to young people through local NNIP community work. In collaboration with schools and youth programs, NNIP is training students to use data and advocacy to address inequities in health, housing, and employment. NNIP is also promoting youth voices through the arts. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25820
Authors
Anoll, C.H.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Urban Institute

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institutes website at: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/mobilizing-youth-engaging-yo…

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/

Embracing a Youth Welfare System: A Guide to Capacity Building

Embracing a Youth Welfare System: A Guide to Capacity Building
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit from the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Capacity Building Center for States provides guidance and examples that illustrate the Youth Welfare approach for working with youth in foster care. The Youth Welfare approach recommends shifting from a child-focused system that is reactive, case plan-driven, and protection-focused to a more youth-focused system that is proactive, youth-driven, developmentally-framed, and normalcy-oriented. The toolkit covers the parameters of a youth-focused welfare system, the assessment needs of youth, and the good-better-best continuum service concept.

Accession number
25629
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at: https://library.childwelfare.gov/cwig/ws/library/docs/capacity/Blob/119…

Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development

Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

In this brief, the authors describe a web of support as the network of relationships young people have with adults and peers across contexts that help them advance in their development. This brief focuses on youth-adult relationships. The web of support framework includes three key components that contribute to a young person’s development: relationships, resources, and networks/social capital. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25648
Authors
Varga, S.M., Zaff, J.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Americas Promise Alliance

Series
Center for Promise
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on Americas Promise Alliance website at: http://www.americaspromise.org/sites/default/files/d8/WebsSupport_Resea…

Conducting a Youth Count: A Toolkit

Conducting a Youth Count: A Toolkit
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit provides a step-by-step roadmap for public and private youth-serving organizations on how to use the Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) methodology to conduct a more inclusive and accurate count of homeless youth. Its intended audience is the individuals and organizations who will plan and execute the youth count in their community. The toolkit has five phases with guidance and links to templates and tools within each phase. The guidance sections provide an overview of each phase and details about how the national VoYC was implemented, including lessons learned. The associated tools contain more detailed explanations on how to complete each step in the youth count process. The appendix includes a complete list of the tools and templates embedded throughout the toolkit. For those new to youth counting, the authors recommend reading the toolkit guidance in full before starting the planning process.

Accession number
25546
Authors
Horwitz, B., Hinsz, J., Karczmar, A., Matjasko, J.L., Patel, S., Vidis, J.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2017

Assessing the Meaningful Inclusion of Youth Voice in Policy and Practice: State of the Science

Assessing the Meaningful Inclusion of Youth Voice in Policy and Practice: State of the Science
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report is part of the 2018 State-of-the-Science Series from the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures at Portland State University. The author discusses the current move toward including young people’s voices in the design and delivery of services for youth and young adults and the need for updated tools and frameworks to assist service-providing programs, agencies, and systems in evaluating their efforts in this area. Despite agreeing with the general purpose and principles for youth and young adult voice inclusion in organizations and systems, stakeholders may lack awareness of the policies and practices required to ensure the consistent and meaningful engagement of youth as participants in decision-making processes. The author reviews the state-of-the-science on how to support meaningful participation of young people in organizations and systems, the existing assessment tools, and introduce two new measures for agency- and system-level self-assessment of the conditions that support the meaningful inclusion of youth voice. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25631
Authors
Blakeslee, J.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University

Series
State-of-the-Science Series
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Portland State University PDXScholar website at: https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1230&con…