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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…

The PILOT Assessment: A Guide to Integrating Positive Youth Development into Workforce Training Settings

The PILOT Assessment: A Guide to Integrating Positive Youth Development into Workforce Training Settings
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from Child Trends discusses how to integrate the positive youth development (PYD) approach into workforce training programs. Child Trends has developed an assessment instrument that helps facilitate the application of PYD in youth and young adult training, education, and employment programs called the PILOT tool. PILOT stands for positive relationships; improved skills; linkages across schools, work, families, and communities; opportunities to contribute and belong; and trustworthy and safe settings. Child Trends developed the tool with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s the Generation Work initiative. This initiative has partners in five cities: Cleveland, OH; Hartford, CT; Indianapolis, IN; Philadelphia, PA; and Seattle, WA. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25770
Authors
Moore, K.A., Lantos, H., Murphy, K., Redd, Z., Beckwith, S.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Child Trends

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Trends website at: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/the-pilot-assessment-a-guide-t…

The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive

The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Jim Casey Initiative’s Opportunity Passport program is a matched-savings intervention to help improve the financial capabilities of young people as they transition from foster care to adulthood. This research brief presents key findings from the survey data of program participants since 2008. The employment data includes rates, full-time status, average hours worked per week, hourly wages, and training experiences. Results indicate that Opportunity Passport participants seem to be faring well in employment. A higher proportion of Opportunity Passport participants are employed compared with young people in the general population as well as 17- and 19-year old National Youth in Transition Database respondents. However, some participants lagged behind others in employment gains, including young parents and young people in group placements.The brief provides recommendations for how policymakers and service providers should use this information to more effectively support young people. 

Accession number
25653
Type new
Brief
Organization

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Series
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge on the Annie E. Casey website at: https://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-theeconomicwellbeingofyouth-201…

Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness Through Education and Workforce Partnerships

Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness Through Education and Workforce Partnerships
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education provides an overview of education and workforce programs that serve students who are experiencing homelessness. It provides information about the education and workforce partners who work with this population and recommends how these partners can improve coordination and provide more comprehensive support for youth.

Accession number
25673
Type new
Brief
Organization

National Center for Homeless Education

Series
Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration Brief Series
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the NCHE website at: https://nche.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/labor-ed-collab.pdf

Shaping the Narrative Community Stories of Effective Practice and Impact Across the OYF Network

Shaping the Narrative Community Stories of Effective Practice and Impact Across the OYF Network
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report highlights Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF) communities that are working to improve policies and programs for opportunity youth, who are 16- to 24-year-olds out of work and school. The OYF began as a group of 21 community collaboratives and has grown to a network of more than two dozen urban, rural, and tribal communities. Roughly one-quarter (about 1.2 million) of all opportunity youth in the United States reside in or near OYF communities. The authors discuss evaluation findings that demonstrate the variety of strategies being employed across the network

Accession number
25871
Authors
Miles, M., Nemoy, Y., Martin, N.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on Aspen Institutes website at: https://aspencommunitysolutions.org/report/shaping-the-narrative-commun…

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…

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

Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities

Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) provides state and local policymakers with information about how they can use the requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth in long-term juvenile justice facilities. AYPF summaries relevant ESSA provisions and outlines the three priority areas of focus that can increase accountability among juvenile justice programs and schools in their jurisdictions. These three areas are: (1) data collection and information sharing between state and local education and juvenile justice agencies; (2) an accountability system that includes educational services within long-term juvenile justice facilities; and (3) measures to hold these educational programs and schools accountable. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25705
Type new
Brief
Organization

American Youth Policy Forum

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the AYPF website at: https://www.aypf.org/resource/publication-leveraging-essa-to-improve-ed…