CLASP's youth policy work aims to advance policy and practice that will dramatically improve the education, employment, and life outcomes for youth in communities of high youth distress. Learn more>>
We advocate for federal policies that meet the education and training needs of the millions of young people ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from school and employment. Read more>>
We work with communities to identify and highlight effective cross-system approaches that can provide opportunities for youth to complete their education, enter the labor market and improve their life outcomes. Read more>>
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Celebrating Native American Youth: Leadership and Resiliency
Recently, the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth held its fourth annual Champions for Change celebration. The event recognized the extraordinary work of resilient young men and women in Native American, Alaskan native, and Native Hawaiian communities across the country.
The young leaders’ inspiring work is a constructive response to the hardships and tragedies they have experienced. They discussed channeling their challenges and pain into innovative programs that address suicide, sexual abuse, cultural preservation, and mentorship for their peers. These programs are critically important; too often, communities perpetuate trauma instead of supporting those who experience it.
Chronic trauma and adversity are key public health issues with major implications for the wellbeing of youth—especially those in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Barriers to positive youth development include violence, abuse, and neglect, as well as chronic stressors like unemployment, racism, lack of adequate health care, and social isolation. Chronic trauma and adversity in childhood can interrupt normal brain development; this has long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and physical and mental health.
WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People
WIOA is the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs since the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) 16 years ago. CLASP is committed to making WIOA work; that's why we're developing a WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People. We'll break down what you need to know to implement the law and help low-income families and individuals climb the economic ladder.READ MORE »
- Kisha Bird, Anna Cielinski, Judy Mortrude, and David Socolow | Apr 17, 2015 Promoting Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: A Preview of the Proposed WIOA Regulations
- Rhonda Bryant | Feb 20, 2015 College Preparation for African American Students: Gaps in the High School Educational Experience
- Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success | Apr 02, 2015 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Draft Regulations Released
- Kisha Bird and Rhonda Bryant | Feb 04, 2015 The President’s Budget: Select Investments In Education and Employment Pathways for Vulnerable Youth
- CLASP Youth Team | Nov 20, 2014 Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A Road Map for Investing in the Nation's Talent Pipeline
- Kisha Bird, Anna Cielinski, Judy Mortrude, and David Socolow | Apr 17, 2015 Promoting Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: A Preview of Key Provisions in the Proposed WIOA Regulations
- Kisha Bird (CLASP), Clyde McQueen (Full Employment Council), Susan Lange (Commonwealth Corporation) | Mar 27, 2015 WIOA: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income and Out-of-School Youth
- Kisha Bird (CLASP), Melissa Young (Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity), Chris Warland (Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity), Jamie Fountain (Larkin Street Youth Services) | Mar 19, 2015 Developing Pathways Out of Poverty through Transitional Jobs: Expanding Opportunities to Help Low-Income Workers
- Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant | Feb 20, 2015 College Preparation for African American Students: Gaps in the High School Educational Experience
- Kisha Bird, Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, Stephanie Schmit, Christina Walker | Feb 11, 2015 ESEA Reauthorization: Challenges & Opportunities