All Featured Highlights: Youth
- Jun 26, 2014 | Kisha Bird Workforce Reauthorization Passes Senate, Potential Game Changer for Low-Income Youth On June 26, the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA includes a number of improvements to ensure low-income workers-- youth and adults-- have the skills and support for full participation in the American workforce.
- Jun 25, 2014 | CLASP Issue Brief: Focus on Healthy Communities
- Jun 10, 2014 | CLASP Issue Brief: Focus on Employment
- Jun 10, 2014 | CLASP Issue Brief: Focus on Education
May 23, 2014
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) a Critical Step Forward for U.S. Workers
CLASP supports the proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—a bipartisan House-Senate effort to reauthorize the nation’s workforce development and adult education programs. At a time of sustained unemployment in many communities, these programs are designed to help young people and adult workers prepare for work or further education, find jobs, and build the skills employers need. The Workforce Investment Act, which WIOA would replace, was enacted in 1998.
Apr 18, 2014
| Zane Jennings
ACA Provision Could Help Thousands of Foster Care Youth If Implemented Effectively
A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could help thousands of former foster care youth who face distinct health care challenges. However, its success will depend on state implementation. A new report co-authored by CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden and Urban Institute Research Associate Dina Emam offers specific recommendations to states to ensure these young people benefit from the provision.
Mar 25, 2014
| CLASP Youth Team
Improving Education Outcomes for African American Youth: Issues for Consideration and Discussion
For far too long, the academic achievement level of African American students has been unacceptably low, despite an abundance of research on the topic and examples of best practices in communities across the nation. In response to this ongoing crisis, CLASP has developed a memorandum with key recommendations to help President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans develop policies that reduce inequality and ensure African American youth have pathways to postsecondary education and good careers. The memorandum addresses many critical issues and intervention strategies to ensure youth are connected to school and employment, including implicit bias, culturally responsive pedagogy, school discipline, concentrated poverty, and socio-emotional health.
Jan 30, 2014
| Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success and Youth Policy Team
CLASP Comments on House Hearing Keeping College within Reach
CLASP offers recommendations for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in response to the January 28, 2014 House Education and the Workforce Committee, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Hearing “Keeping College within Reach: Sharing Best Practices for Serving Low-Income and First Generation Students”.
- Jan 17, 2014 | Zane Jennings and Kisha Bird The High Cost of Youth Unemployment A new study by Young Invincibles, “In This Together,” demonstrates the dire situation young adults face in today’s labor market a and the economic consequences of youth unemployment to our nation.
- Nov 07, 2013 Nearly One in Five Americans Has Low Basic Skills, but Solutions Exist to Strengthen America's Workforce Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Among U.S. Adults: First Look examines basic skills by demographic and other socioeconomic factors, including race, educational attainment, foreign status, and age. This critical info
- Oct 29, 2013 Creating Paths to College and the Urgency of Now Unfortunately, most low-income African American and Hispanic children cannot access the kinds of transformative educational opportunities necessary to put them on a path to college and, eventually, out of poverty and into the middle class. Nationally, onl
- Oct 23, 2013 CLASP Report Highlights the Challenge of Young Black Male Unemployment, Offers Policies, Practices to Address Deep-Seated Problem In the current labor market, many youth and young adults are struggling to find work. Far too many are either unemployed or working in low-wage jobs with minimal hours, unable to take care of themselves and their families. The long-term employment mobil
- Oct 15, 2013 CLASP Responds to Senate Finance Committee Letter on Mental Health Improvements On September 30, CLASP submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in response to their letter soliciting recommendations on how to improve the mental health system. CLASP's comments highlighted both barriers in the current mental health syste
- Aug 28, 2013 Half a Century Later: What Are the Economic Prospects for Young Black Men?
- Aug 02, 2013 Bi-Partisan Partnership Helps to Advance Workforce Legislation in the Senate This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356). A rare example of bi-partisanship in Washington these days, the bill was voted out of committee with a majority of suppo
- Aug 02, 2013 Where Do We Go From Here? Solutions in the Wake of Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman President Obama acknowledged some important truths in his speech about the Zimmerman verdict--truths no president has ever stated so plainly. First, America's criminal laws are applied unevenly, resulting in racial disparities in "everything from the deat
- Jun 28, 2013 Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Lower Court Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision on the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT) case. This challenge was brought by a white student, Fisher, who claims she was denied admission to UT due to an admissions po
- Jun 11, 2013 "Gatekeeper Credentials" The Changing Landscape of High School Equivalencies: Exploring the Implications for Access and Equity for Communities of Color
- Jun 10, 2013 Education, Employment, and Health Outcomes for Black Boys and Young Men: Opportunities for Research and Advocacy Collaboration CLASP created the Partnership Circle for Boys and Young Men of Color to establish a venue for national policy organizations, advocacy groups, and researchers to discuss policy opportunities that may improve education, employment, and health outcomes for b
- Apr 12, 2013 Budget Proposal Makes Key Investments, But Still Falls Short On Wednesday, President Obama released his long-awaited budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014. Typically, the President's budget is released in February. This year, it was pushed back as he and Congress addressed the recent budget sequestration--arbitrar