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Pathways to success by 21 a collaboration of state and regional partners supporting youth

Pathways to Success by 21A Collaboration of State and Regional Partners Supporting Youth

P21 process not a program
P21 Process (Not a Program!)

  • Two Prong Approach

    • State Level Steering Committee

    • Tri-Chaired by DWD, DOE, HHS (Youth Voice)

    • Regional Teams (Youth Voice)

  • Regional Planning Grants

  • Analysis of Regional Action Plans

  • Creation of Statewide Strategic Action Plan

  • Prioritize Action Steps with Leadership

  • 400+ regional/state partners participated: still growing!

What did we hear
What did we hear?


  • Connections to Adults

  • Holistic Approach - Family and Community Support Systems

  • New Learning Environments – Small, Flexible, “Youth Friendly”

  • Practice Opportunities – Employability and Life Skills

  • Drop Agency Perspective – Partnership, Coordination, Innovation

    Regional Strategic Action Plans

  • “Caring Adults” for at-risk youth (15)

  • Access to key information (15)

  • Focus on drop-out prevention & recovery strategies and resources - (14)

  • Partnership and coordination (14)

  • Availability of skills/training opportunities for youth (12)

What are we doing
What are we doing?

  • Nine Statewide Strategies Identified

    • Action Matrix

  • Five Prioritized by Leadership

  • Regional Implementation Pilots

    • Model coordinated service design, delivery with youth partners in 16 regions

    • Other agencies considering joint funding models

Strategy #1

Public Awareness

Strategy #9

Share Data

Strategy #2



Strategy #8



Strategy #3



Strategy #7




Strategy #4

Outreach &


Strategy #6



Strategy #5

Increase Alt. Ed.

& Training

Pathways to Success by 21 Statewide Strategic Priorities

Strategy 1 public awareness
Strategy 1: Public Awareness


Short-Term: Resource Map


  • Youth Web Portal

  • “Phone Book” for non-internet access

  • Messaging Campaign (Youth & Families)

Strategies 2 3 early identification intervention
Strategies 2 & 3:Early Identification & Intervention

  • Recognized list of risk indicators and guidelines

  • Inventory of assessment tools, alignment across agencies

  • Use of MDOE data to identify high-risk students, graduation/drop out data released Spring 2007

  • Schools get “credit” for alternative degrees earned (incentive for referrals) - done

  • Statewide Drop-Out Prevention Conference (successful models)

Strategy 4 outreach support
Strategy 4: Outreach & Support

  • Gap analysis of state/federal resources supporting case management

  • Eligibility analysis across funding streams – reduced barriers to enrollment

  • Align service connections, case management and referrals for transitioning youth

Strategy 5 expand alternative pathways for youth
Strategy 5: Expand Alternative Pathways for Youth

  • Resource Map to describe gaps in funding

  • Build state support for increased funding

Strategy 6: Work Readiness Assessment for Youth

  • New work readiness assessment tool to improve youth employment outcomes

    • Based on streamlined Work-Based Learning Plan

  • Expand use of standard tool beyond MDOE and DWD

Strategy 7: Unified Staff Development Strategy

  • Cross-agency trainings

    • 101 forum

    • CORI, Case Management, etc

  • Integration of multi-agency focus in professional development

  • Statewide Calendar of PD

  • Long-term: Core competencies for youth workers

Strategy 8 address persistent barriers
Strategy 8: Address Persistent Barriers

  • Work with Lt. Governor’s Council on Homelessness and Housing

  • Connect with DMH initiative on supports for transitioning youth

  • CORI trainings across youth workers to address (jointly sponsored)

  • Long-term: Transportation Issues

Strategy 9 share data
Strategy 9: Share Data

  • Process Measures for statewide P21

  • Identification of statewide youth indicators across agencies - discrete projects

  • Build off of K-16 data warehouse

    • On-line source of information

    • Add matching from other agencies

Eohhs connection to p21
EOHHS Connection to P21

  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

  • Children Youth & Families Cluster

    • Department of Social Services

    • Department of Transitional Assistance

    • Department of Youth Services

    • Office of Refugees and Immigrants

Cyf mission
CYF Mission

As a Cluster within EOHHS, CYF has as its goal the continuing improvement of coordination and collaboration between its member agencies through the use of Agency Head Meetings and Interagency Meetings and shared goals.

Cyf priorities
CYF Priorities

1.Integrating Interagency Systems of care to insure that state dollars are used effectively and efficiently

2. Support Transition Aged Youth/Housing and other Supportive Services

3. Supportive Services to increase Self Sufficiency/Welfare Reform

4. Agency Staff Development

EOHHS Office of Children, Youth and Families: Moving to Self Sufficiency.

Developmental Framework



Availability of formal/informal health and

mental health supports


Access to formal/informal

health and mental health resources


Availability of

safe places

in the




Emotional &

physical well being

  • CYF provides services that:

  • are strength based

  • promote self sufficiency & independence

  • are child focused, family driven and community based

Safe family




to other




















education &


Family involvement

in civic activities

Schools; jobs;



Opportunity for engagement:

religion; clubs;

community service opportunities;

cultural events, voting etc....


Civic Engagement


Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Department of Transitional Assistance

Background: Family Resources—Welfare Vs. Work Relative to the Federal Poverty Level

(Family of Three)

Dys mission
DYS Mission

The mission of the Department of Youth Services is to:

  • Protect the public and prevent crime by promoting positive change in the lives of youth committed to our custody, and by partnering with communities, families, and government and provider agencies toward this end. We accomplish this mission through interventions that build knowledge, develop skills and change the behavior of the youth in our care.

Dys youth cross agency needs
DYS Youth: Cross-Agency Needs

  • DYS Need Cross-Agency Supports

    • Typically between the ages 14-17; 87% male

    • 80 % report witnessing violence and met criteria for PTSD

    • 79 % self-reported substance abuse

    • 75 % of girls report DSS involvement

    • 55 % of boys report DSS involvement

    • 40 % were receiving DTA assistance

    • 40% received special education services

    • 45% previous out-of-home placement by another agency

    • 87% from non-traditional homes

    • 40% families on public assistance

    • 75% with prior probation

    • 35% self report weekly alcohol use

    • 50% self report weekly marijuana use

Dys partnerships
DYS Partnerships

Need for Partnerships: Shared populations dictates need for shared service strategies

  • Pathways to Success by 21 State & Regional Teams

  • Children, Youth and Families Cluster Meetings

  • Vocational School Programming for DYS Youth

  • Alternative Education & GED Programming

Reducing dys youth employment barriers through p 21 strategies
Reducing DYS Youth Employment Barriers Through P-21 Strategies

  • Outreach & Support

    • Community Network of Caring Adults – align cross-agency networks (P21 strategy 4)

  • Increase Alternative Education & Training

  • Work Readiness

    • DYS provides Educational, Medical, Mental Health and Substance Abuse services at it 63 24/7 sites

    • Improved access to work readiness and employment programs for DYS youth -- work with DOE/P21 team on core “employability competencies” to integrate with DYS educational & vocational programming (P21 Strategy 6)

  • Staff Development

    • Increase cross –training opportunities to promote consistency among youth worker staff (P21 Strategy 7)

  • Employment Barriers

    • Working within the CORI system to maximize each DYS youths’ employment options – working with state partners on joint CORI trainings! (P21 Strategies 7 & 8)

    • Assist transitioning youth with Medical & Behavioral Healthcare opportunities

    • Promoting success stories among workforce partners

Contact information

Jennifer James

  • Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Dep’t. of Workforce Development

  • 617.626.7124

  • [email protected]

    Kathy Betts

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary, Children Youth and Families, EOHHS

  • 617.348.8492

  • [email protected]

    Robert M. Turillo

  • Assistant Commissioner for Program Services, Dep’t. of Youth Services

  • 617.960.3306

  • [email protected]