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Career pathway-oriented workforce development has the goal of increasing individuals’ educational and skills attainment and improving their employment outcomes while meeting the needs of local employers and growing sectors and industries. Career pathway programs offer a clear sequence, or pathway, of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned with employer-validated work readiness standards and competencies. This systems approach makes it easier for people to earn industry-recognized credentials (through more flexible avenues and opportunities for relevant education and training) and to attain marketable skills so that they can more easily find work in growing careers. These comprehensive education and training systems are [Read further...]
While over half of all community college students are judged to need developmental (or remedial) reading, composition, and/or mathematics classes, these courses — which students are often required to complete before they can enroll in courses that confer credit toward a degree — typically present major roadblocks to student progress. To address this issue, the Developmental Education Initiative (DEI) was created in 2009. Fifteen highly diverse community colleges that had been early participants in Achieving the Dream, a national community college reform network, each received a three-year grant of $743,000 to scale up existing interventions or establish new ones that [Read further...]
U.S. Cities, Counties, and States Adopt Fair Hiring Policies to Reduce Unfair Barriers to Employment of People with Criminal Records. For more than 40 years, the National Employment Law Project has worked to restore the promise of economic opportunity for working families across America. In partnership with grassroots and national allies, NELP promotes policies to create good jobs, enforce hard-won workplace rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing. Thirteen States Have Embraced Statewide Ban the Box Fair Hiring Laws Total of Thirty States with a Local or State Ban the Box Fair Hiring Policy For the complete report, [Read further...]
City Steps: Serving homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults. AIRS has developed a range of programming under the CITY STEPS banner that addresses the specific problems of transition-aged homeless youth ages 14-24. Interventions at such a critical time in life have the capacity to be transforming, and in so doing, prevent future episodes of homelessness or exposure to trauma. Click here for complete flier
On February 13, 2009, Congress passed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a $789 billion economic recovery plan. ARRA contains an extremely significant increase in federal support for homelessness prevention and re-housing services in response to the national recession. Included in the proposal are a number of funding provisions for programs related to housing and beneficial to people experiencing homelessness. This increase in federal resources will have the potential to provide new funding to homeless youth services and shelter, and offer new funding for prevention services and re-housing assistance for older homeless youth. Question: how will your local jurisdiction [Read further...]
When should aftercare planning begin? a. intake b. case management c. discharge d. follow-up Who is the person primarily responsible for the success of an aftercare plan? a. parent or guardian b. case manager c. youth d. parole officer Aftercare planning is the same thing as: a. discharge b. disposition c. follow-up d. setting up your email e. none of the above In order to be effective, aftercare planning should include: a. specific goals and activities b. community connections c. assets and strengths d. conversations about barriers and challenges e. All of the above Which of the following is not [Read further...]
In Mental Health and Emerging Adulthood among Homeless Young People, Les Whitbeck provides a wealth of information gathered during a 3-year longitudinal study of homeless youth in several Midwestern cities: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Omaha, Wichita, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The purpose of this study was to collect data on young people approximately 16–19 through 19–22 years of age to assess the effects of homelessness on mental health during this critical period of development. The goal of these in-depth interviews was to shed light on a topic that has long been ignored in our country: what happens to children who run away from their homes and live on [Read further...]
Estimates indicate that approximately 1.7 million youth are homeless in the United States. Many associated risk factors have been identified for adolescent homelessness, including family conflict, leaving foster care, running away or being thrown away, physical or sexual abuse, and coming out to parents as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning one’s sexual identity (GLBTQ). The purpose of this ethnographic study was to explore the culture of homelessness for adolescents. Nineteen homeless adolescents from a major urban area in the northeast U.S. were observed and interviewed over an 18-month period. The elements of the street culture of homeless adolescents were identified by [Read further...]
Objectives: To provide working definitions and a general overview of: Harm Reduction Positive Youth Development Trauma Informed Care To explain why developing a program that incorporates these philosophies is essential to youth serving programs To provide an overview of how to develop a successful program incorporating these philosophies Harm Reduction refers to policies and practices that aim primarily to reduce adverse health, social, and economic consequences of high risk behaviors and benefits people engaging in high risk behaviors as well as their families and communities. Click here for complete presentation
Among homeless or runaway teenage women who seek short-term shelter services, those with difficult family situations have an increased risk of being pregnant, according to an analysis of a national sample of this population.  Women who felt abandoned by their families or who had been emotionally abused by their mothers had about 50% higher odds of being pregnant than those not reporting these situations; those who lived in two-parent families had reduced odds of being pregnant. Teenagers’ likelihood of being pregnant was also linked to the amount of time they had been away from home, their school enrollment status and their age, among other characteristics. Even though homeless or runaway youth often lack familial [Read further...]