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Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth: Education, Training, and Skills Development. Presentation to the Literacy Cooperative June 8, 2007 Linda Harris, Director Youth Policy. Emerging Trends. Growing awareness of youth crises More communities, local leaders taking aggressive action

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reconnecting out of school youth education training and skills development

Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth: Education, Training, and Skills Development

Presentation to the

Literacy Cooperative

June 8, 2007

Linda Harris, Director Youth Policy

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

emerging trends
Emerging Trends
  • Growing awareness of youth crises
  • More communities, local leaders taking aggressive action
  • Move toward comprehensive, systemic approaches
    • Education-workforce-justice Connections
  • Increased focus on alternative pathways to education and labor market credentials

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

the challenge delivering thousands of at risk youth to labor market success
The Challenge: Delivering thousands of at-risk youth to labor market success

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Child welfare

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Charter

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literacy

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GED

Good jobs

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Secondary and Post sec credentials

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Contextual learning

Good wages

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Career exposure

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Leadership opportunities

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Work experience

Personal Development

Good benefits

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Skills

training

Alt Youth

Program

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Advancement opportunities

Service

Corp

Justice System

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Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

key components of an effective youth strategy
KEY COMPONENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE YOUTH STRATEGY

Community Leadership

System Collaboration

Direct Service Innovation

YOUTH

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

community leadership
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Acknowledging the problem

….Documenting the magnitude

……Establishing a collective vision

………Coming together around solutions

………..Assembling Resources

…. ……..Addressing the problems at scale

………….Benchmarking progress

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

about the community strategic process
About the community strategic process
  • There must be a convening entity
  • Key sectors must participate … requires buy-in of key decision makers
  • Its about relationship building and trust
  • All organizational paradigms must shift
  • Concrete goals and interim benchmarks essential
  • Celebration of individual and collective accomplishments

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

system collaboration
SYSTEM COLLABORATION

Community Resources

Business Resources

YOUTH

Education

Justice

Foster Care

TANF

health

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

key elements of effective practice
Key Elements of Effective Practice

Comprehensive

Caring Adult Support

Well Developed Education Component

Rich Workplace Connections

Youth Involvement/ Civic Engagement

Connections to Business and Industry

Quality Management

Data / Accountability

Cross System Coordination

Articulation Agreements

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM DELIVERY

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

effective practice
EFFECTIVE PRACTICE

CARING ADULTS

  • WELL TRAINED PROFESSIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT STAFF - INVESTMENT
  • HELP YOUTH NAVIGATE TO LONG TERM SUCCESS
  • ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUTH OUTCOMES
  • BRIDGES THE SYSTEMS
  • PEER TO PEER NETWORKING VALUABLE

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

effective practice1
EFFECTIVE PRACTICE

EDUCATION WORK READINESS CONTINUUM

Pre-GED

GED

Post-secondary

LITERACY

Dual Enrollment

Credit Recovery

Youth development leadership mentoring support services

Career exposure

Service learning

Work Experience

internships

OJT

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012

effective practice2
EFFECTIVE PRACTICE

Connections to Business and Industry

  • Secure Business participation in the strategic design of program
  • Secure business input to work skills credentialing system
  • Sell business on their “future workforce”
  • Build youth’s portfolio via hands on work exposure
  • Customize to the specific entry level competencies for growing industries

Center for Law and Social Policy 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 202-906-8012