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Relationships Come First: How Four Career Development and Workforce Readiness Programs Prepare Young People for Work and Life

Relationships Come First: How Four Career Development and Workforce Readiness Programs Prepare Young People for Work and Life
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report presents a study by the Center for Promise that examines how relationships help keep young people in school and on the path to adult success. In this study, the research team explores how relationships nurture employment and economic success for the young people at four career development and workforce readiness programs across the country. The four programs--located in Dallas, the Bronx, Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area--are part of a group of Youth Opportunity Fund community partners supported by the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, a three-year, $50 million investment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the US the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience needed to compete in today’s economy. Research findings include the following: 1) Relationships, including supportive relationships with program leaders, potential employers, volunteers, and program participants, come first; 2) Webs of support are integral to the program design; 3) Relationships endure and extend beyond the program; and 4) Relationship-building approaches differ depending on who the program serves.  

Accession number
25643
Authors
Jones, E.P., Flanagan, S., Zaff, J.F., McClay, C., Hynes, M., Cole, M.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Americas Promise Alliance

Series
Center for Promise
Year published new
2016
Availability

Available for free download on Americas Promise Alliance website at: http://www.americaspromise.org/sites/default/files/d8/CitiYOFReport1_fi…

Pathways to High-Quality Jobs for Young Adults

Pathways to High-Quality Jobs for Young Adults
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report examines the quality of jobs held by a sample of 29-year-olds who experienced disadvantage in adolescence and whether employment, education, or training experiences predict better jobs among this population. Using longitudinal data, the researchers identified factors that contribute to job quality: work-based learning incorporating positive relationships with adults, early experiences in the labor market, and educational credentials and training. Based on their findings, the researchers provide recommendations to improve the employment prospects of young people growing up in disadvantaged households. This study is a collaboration between Child Trends and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25771
Authors
Ross, M., Moore, K.A., Murphy, K., Bateman, N., Demand, A., Sacks, V.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Child Trends

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Brookings website at: https://www.brookings.edu/research/pathways-to-high-quality-jobs-for-yo…

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…

More than a Million Reasons for Hope: Youth Disconnection in America Today

More than a Million Reasons for Hope: Youth Disconnection in America Today
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report is the fifth in the Disconnection Youth series from Measure of America, a nonpartisan project of the Social Science Research Council, which began calculating the youth disconnection rate and analyzing its causes and implications for human development in 2012. The project defines disconnected youth, also known as opportunity youth, as teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. The report includes youth disconnection data for the United States by state, metro area, county, and community type, as well as by gender, race, and ethnicity.  The report concludes with examples of effective approaches to reducing youth disconnection that account for the many challenges that at-risk youth face.

Accession number
25633
Authors
Burd-Sharps, S., Lewis, K.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Social Science Research Council

Series
Measure of Americas Youth Disconnection Series
Year published new
2018
Availability

Creating Entrepreneurship Pathways for Opportunity Youth: Experiences from the Youth Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees

Creating Entrepreneurship Pathways for Opportunity Youth: Experiences from the Youth Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Aspen Institute explores the potential for using entrepreneurship to engage and create pathways for opportunity youth, by examining existing entrepreneurship programs and sharing emerging models for creating and adapting entrepreneurship programming targeted to the specific needs and aspirations of opportunity youth. The authors profile three sites (Del Norte County, California; Philadelphia; and San Francisco), which are part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Fund. This fund supports collaborative approaches to explore entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic self-determination and economic equity. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25869
Authors
Klein, J.A., Nemoy, Y.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

The Aspen Institute

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available free of charge on the Aspen Institutes website at: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/creating-entrepreneurship-p…