What’s Next? The Federal Landscape and Beyond: 7 Emerging and Persistent Trends Impacting Youth Across the Country In September 2016, 54 youth service organizations from 24 states took the time to collaboratively identify current environmental trends, implications for youth and providers, and practical actions we can take in response to – or better yet in anticipation of – these trends. As a part of this discussion, we invited a few guests with expertise in some of the recurring trend areas to share with us their “deep dive” knowledge. These included a federal landscape briefing, exploring the intersection of juvenile justice [Read further...]
Beyond New Shoes & Notebooks: Back To School Suggestions for Organizations Who Work With Homeless Youth It’s that time of year again. For many here in the Mid-Atlantic region, the sounds of cicadas trigger the rush to hit stores for school supplies and some sassy new outfits. Getting ready for school means something different for everyone. For unaccompanied homeless youth, going back to school can bring questions and uncertainty. There are many way that youth services providers can help the runaway and homeless youth they support in not only having a positive start but also a positive year in school. Attending A [Read further...]
We all need mentors, role models, and wise advisors (also known as supportive adults) as we move through life. This guide developed by YouthBuild USA is designed to help youth make the most of their mentoring relationship but also assist them in understanding how to build their social networks rich with mentors. Its tips and worksheets are focused on getting youth thinking about the ways a mentor can help with their immediate and long-term goals, while also teaching about how to ask for, and make the most of, this support. Though specific to YouthBuild program model, it can be adapted [Read further...]
There are countless policies, laws, research, training, and white papers that talk about the challenges transition-aged youth are experiencing. Yet even with this focus, direct service providers continue to state that employment and education is top on their list of needs for transition-aged youth. MANY convened providers from 31 states, representing various sectors of the youth services field, to a roundtable discussion. The goal was to highlight what’s working in their programs and to share critical challenges. As part of this discussion, providers identified emerging or persistent needs in their local communities. Multiple themes emerged, but none were more prevalent than the employment and education [Read further...]
Here are 15 talks on youth and family services that will pique your curiosity, teach you something new, and give you a new perspective on your organization and the population that it serves. These video/audio talks are organized as follows (click on the category to jump to that section): Section Categories (Click To Jump To Section): Talks On How To Use Technology In Innovative Ways In Social Services Talks On How To Tell People The Story of Your Organization Talks On Policies Important To Youth Services Talks On How To Strengthen Your Organization Talks That Will Inspire You Enjoy the talks and be [Read further...]
This Mentoring Guidebook, developed as part of Department of Labor’s Young Parents Demonstration, was based in part on the experiences of the four grantees. While it was developed to support the four demonstration grantees, this guidebook offers user-friendly guidance to local workforce programs and agencies that want to develop and implement mentoring programs to help youth or young parents improve their employment and education or training outcomes. Authors provide a five-step guidebook that included “suggestions, strategies, examples, and tools intended to help organizations set up a mentoring program or add a mentoring component to an existing youth services program.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) began on July 1st and many service providers are working with their local partners to frame implementation. WIOA provides new opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) programs to partner with other workforce development programs to meet the needs of SNAP participants. This Fact Sheet from the National Skills Coalition outlines some key areas for collaboration under WIOA. It provides information that could be helpful for youth services providers to collaborate with their local partners to link youth and their families to needed services.
At a time of record youth unemployment in America, employers struggle to find skilled entry-level talent through conventional hiring practices. There’s an untapped talent pool of young adults, called opportunity youth, that’s overlooked by many employers for entry-level jobs. When they are prepared and proven, these young adults bring resilience, loyalty and grit to their work that help make them valued employees. Many employers have found that the best way to start working with opportunity youth and build an employment pathway is to collaborate with established partner organizations that already have a successful employment pathway model in place. The Grads [Read further...]
The content and process for obtaining high school equivalency (HSE) credentials have changed significantly. These changes, many of which are ongoing, have profound implications for persons seeking a high school equivalency credential as well as for the national workforce system, which promotes, delivers, or connects with the options for equivalency. Precipitated by the 2014 changes in the test of General Educational Development (GED®), including major adjustments in test management, content, cost, and test administration, the national and state-by-state landscape for high school equivalency now includes a growing number of alternative HSE options. Developed to provide current information and resources about [Read further...]
This report, developed by Mathematica Policy Research for HHS Administration for Children and Families, examines coordination efforts between two systems that are providing parallel services. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs provide employment and training services to a targeted population of low income individuals. The similarities between the TANF and WIA programs have generated interest in the coordination and integration of services across the two programs since their inception in the late 1990s. Nonetheless, it remains unclear how and to what degree the programs are coordinating at the state and local level. The [Read further...]