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- Jul 23, 2014 | CLASP Youth Team Keeping Connected Summer 2014 Edition The CLASP Youth Team's bi-monthly newsletter on legislation, resources, community spotlight, and happenings to watch.
- 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
- Apr 12, 2013 Supporting Black Male Achievement in Education and Employment: The President's 2014 Budget This week, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. This proposal reflects the Administration's priorities to ensure a world-class education for all students, provide opportunities for employment, and build strong communities. The budget incl
- Apr 09, 2013 132,000 Black Men and Boys are Too Precious to Lose 132,000 Black Men and Boys Are Too Precious to Lose By Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant The gun violence issue most keenly affects black men in America. While black males are 6 percent of the United States population, they constitute 48 percent of the homicide
- Apr 05, 2013 Workforce Legislation Hastily Advances in House and Threatens Access to Youth Jobs
- Apr 03, 2013 Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity
- Jan 18, 2013 Race Still Plays a Role in Defining Poverty Recently, I was on Huff Post Live (a live-streaming program on Huffington Post) with an interesting panel of people discussing whether class defines segregation and poverty in our nation and whether race has lost its relevance. This discussion was based o
- Jan 04, 2013 Philanthropic Effort Advances Youth Jobs At a convening in December held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, asked a national audience of policymakers to reflect on their first job \xe2\x80" their first pay check -- and to rem
- Nov 20, 2012 When it Comes to Job Creation, “Do No Harm” Isn’t Enough
- Oct 10, 2012 The Supreme Court To Hear the High Profile Fisher Case that will Test Affirmative Action in Higher Education Today, the Supreme Court is set to hear the high profile Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT) case that will have major implications not just on racial preferences in admissions to public colleges and universities but also on the legacy of affirm
- Oct 10, 2012 The Federal Budget, Sequestration, and What You Should Know Sequestration is a quintessential "inside the Beltway" term with huge potential to affect people who live far beyond the Beltway \xe2\x80" and inside it, as well. Here is a primer from CLASP describing what sequestration is and what it means.
- Oct 01, 2012 Transportation Policy: An Opportunity to Put More Black Men into Good Jobs Transportation in America -- it represents our highways and our roads, our trains and our railroads, buses and trucks. Transportation -- it's how we get from point A to point B - to work, school, doctors' appointments and weekend baseball and football
- Sep 28, 2012 Reclaiming Our Nation's Disconnected Youth This week, the Campaign for Youth, along with United Way, First Focus, Forum for Youth Investment, and the National Collaboration for Youth partnered to host the Congressional briefing "Reclaiming our Nation's Disconnected Youth." The briefing featured a
- Sep 25, 2012 Changing the Trajectory of Impoverished Youth: Plugging Disconnected Youth Back into the Labor Market These are brutal times for youth in the labor market with employment rates at the lowest level in more than 60 years. For youth from high-poverty households in low-income communities these times may unfortunately set the trajectory for a future of struggl
- Aug 03, 2012 Raising the Visibility: Advancing Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Disconnected Youth In American communities \xe2\x80" large, small, urban, rural, and suburban -- millions of young people are isolated from opportunities to realize their potential and participate fully in our society. An astounding 6.7 million youth ages 16 to 24 are disco
- Aug 03, 2012 The White House Champions Education Excellence for African Americans Last week, the President issued an Executive Order to establish the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, consisting of a Presidential Advisory Commission and Federal Interagency Working Group to Enhance Educational Outco
- Jun 15, 2012 Reflecting this Father's Day on America's Black Men The unfortunate reality, especially after the Great Recession, is that many men in the black community are stymied in their ability to contribute their full potential. Much has been said and written on why disparities exist, and we could discuss at length
- Jun 13, 2012 Workforce Reauthorization: Amendments and Impacts for Youth On June 7, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a mark-up for the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297), which would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This was the most significant movement around WIA reautho
- Jun 06, 2012 Let's Seize this Opportunity and Keep the Focus on Disconnected Youth On Monday, the White House Council for Community Solutions held its final summit to culminate an eighteen-month process of bringing together myriad stakeholders in and outside the beltway to better understand the challenges facing youth ages 16 to 24 that
- May 03, 2012 Two Key (and Often Missed) Points on Youth and Employment Last month, Paul Krugman wrote about youth and employment in the New York Times in the article "Wasting Our Minds," but there were two points missing that time and again get overlooked in discussions about education and the employment of our graduates.
- May 01, 2012 House Moves Forward with Workforce Reauthorization Bills; New CLASP Analyses House Republicans and Democrats have introduced competing bills to reform a range of federal workforce programs, including the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). To help advocates and stakeholders, CLASP has prepared analyses of H.R. 4297 and H.R. 4227.
- Apr 25, 2012 Sign-On Letter: House WIA Bill Threatens Education and Employment Programs for Low-income and Disconnected Youth On March 29, 2012, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Rep. Joseph J. Heck and Rep. Howard P. McKeon introduced the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297), which among other things, consolidates 27 federal programs into a single workforce investment fun
- Mar 09, 2012 Addressing the Dropout Crisis with a Change in Policy and Thinking If districts and states continue to evaluate success based solely on four-year graduation rates, schools will continue to have no incentive to work with returning dropouts and implement programs that can help them get back on track. Keeping young people
- Feb 15, 2012 President's Proposal Demonstrates Commitment to Disconnected Youth, but Doesn't Go Far Enough At the start of this year, the President called for an "all hands on deck" approach to addressing the disconnected youth crisis. The White House Council on Community Solutions released a report noting that 6.7 million youth (ages 16 to 24) are not enroll
- Jan 26, 2012 Compulsory Attendance Until 18 Not Enough to Address H.S. Dropout Problem In his State of the Union address, President Obama challenged governors to raise the compulsory school attendance age to 18 years. Currently, only 20 states have such a requirement and another eleven states mandate school attendance until age 17. The rema
- Jan 20, 2012 A Report Worth Noting -- Sadly Research has shown that black middle class gains and narrowing of the black/white income gap have been reversed by the recession. Part of the reason is due to blacks being more harshly affected by the economic downturn than other groups.
- Jan 06, 2012 White House Calls for \xe2\x80\x98All Hands on Deck' to Address Youth Employment Crisis On January 5, 2012, before an assembly of business and civic leaders, policy experts, and youth, President Obama called attention to the unemployment situation of the 6.7 million young people who are out of school and out of work and issued a "Call to Act
- Nov 15, 2011 Pathways Back to Work Act Introduced A bill introduced today would address the ongoing jobs crisis by creating work and educational opportunities for unemployed workers, those who can't qualify for unemployment benefits and other disadvantaged individuals. While the nation has dealt with an
- Sep 09, 2011 American Jobs Act Addresses Youth Unemployment At Crucial Time The President's jobs plan includes proposals for youth employment at a crucial time for America's young people. Youth and young adults under age 25 represent about one-third of the unemployed. Over 3.6 million youth in this age group are unemployed and th
- Aug 18, 2011 Could Riots Akin to Those in Britain Happen Here? By now, it's well known that England earlier this month turned into a maelstrom of due to social unrest, creating a political hotbed over the root causes of the turbulence. British authorities pegged the initial impetus behind the rioting as police shoot
- Jun 29, 2011 Congress Shines a Light on Reconnecting Disconnected Youth: The RAISE UP Act Is Reintroduced In recent days, Congressional leaders reintroduced the RAISE UP Act (S. 1608/H.R. 3982) - a dropout recovery bill designed to help communities build a cross-systems approach to re-engage and support millions of youth who are being left behind.
- May 23, 2011 Youth Rally in DC and Around the Country \xe2\x80" They Want Jobs! Several hundred young people from across the country came to Washington last Thursday as part of a youth -led effort to draw national attention to the lack of jobs and lack of opportunity for low-income and minority youth. Organized by the Leaders Inves
- Apr 26, 2011 Just Where's the Cure for the Summer Time Blues? More than 50 years ago, Eddie Cochran captured the frustration of American teenagers with his hit single Ain't No Cure for the Summer Time Blues. He sang about a young man lamenting that he has to work all summer long, doesn't get time to spend with his
- Apr 14, 2011 A Crisis Ignored Economic recovery is not occurring for everyone, and those who struggled most to find employment before the economic downturn collectively are worse off today than they were before the recession began. This is most true for the black community.
- Mar 09, 2011 Major Coalition: Spending Cuts Will Do Real Harm to Our Children and Youth CLASP joined nearly 60 other organizations at a news conference March 9 to tell Congress and the White House that proposed cuts included in the House-passed Continuing Resolution (HR 1) would harm hundreds of thousands of America's children and youth. The
- Feb 16, 2011 House Proposes Drastic Cuts to Workforce Programs Serving the Unemployed and Low-Income Adults and Youth The House proposal to eliminate funding for workforce development programs is counterproductive, especially during this time when many Americans are still struggling to find jobs and build necessary skills to secure better jobs.
- Jan 20, 2011 The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys On Jan. 12, hundreds of stakeholders from the social, political and advocacy arenas met in Washington D.C. and via webcast for the release of a new report, We Dream a World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys. CLASP hosted the meeting in collaboration
- Jan 14, 2011 48 Years Later, the Nation Can't Ignore the Urgency of the Moment 43 years after Dr. King's assassination, gross disparities persist for African Americans in nearly every aspect of American life. On Jan. 12, community leaders from across the nation met in Washington D.C. to discuss how to make addressing disproportionat
- Dec 09, 2010 New Report Identifies Path for Drastically Reducing Disparities for Black Males We Dream A World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys identifies concrete policy solutions to close educational achievement gaps, ensure workforce success, reduce health disparities, improve conditions for low-income fathers and improve the overall wel
- Nov 30, 2010 Building Pathways to Postsecondary Success for Low-Income Young Men of Color Linda Harris, director of youth policy, and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, senior policy analyst, co-authored a chapter in the recently published book Changing Places: How Communities Will Improve the Health of Boys of Color. The book "draws attention to the ur
- Oct 27, 2010 \xe2\x80\x98If You Think You Know Who We Are, Take a Closer Look'
- Oct 20, 2010 School District's Commitment to All Students Pays Off
- Sep 09, 2010 Annoying Noises Are Just That, But Not the Answer to Urban Youth Issues For the last week or so, we've heard reports about a device to repel teenagers that businesses recently installed near the Gallery Place-Chinatown subway station in downtown Washington D.C. The device, called The Mosquito, emits a high-frequency sound th
- Aug 05, 2010 Senate Approps Bill Signals Commitment to Youth Education But Shows Little Promise for Dropout Recovery A Senate subcommittee recently released an appropriations bill that makes important investments in programs to develop career and education opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Unfortunately, the bill doesn't go far enough in investing in programs to re
- Jun 24, 2010 Senate Finance Committee Releases Revised Job Creation Legislation
- Jun 09, 2010 If Not Now, Then When? At a recent "Working for Change" public policy forum on Capitol Hill, youth experts and advocates, including CLASP and the National Youth Employment Coalition, focused on the urgent need for Congress to intervene and aid disconnected youth. The forum is a
- Jun 08, 2010 Senate Finance Committee Releases Job Creation Legislation
- May 28, 2010 Job Creation Legislation Passes the House
- May 20, 2010 Crucial Job Creation Legislation Now Before Congress
- Apr 01, 2010 ESEA Reauthorization Presents Opportunity to Address Drop Out Crisis Across our nation's urban centers and in many rural areas, there is hard evidence that we are failing far too many of our nation's youth. More than one million young people drop out of high school every year.Policymakers should use ESEA reauthorization a
- Mar 04, 2010 It's Time to Give Youth More Opportunities to Succeed
- Feb 03, 2010 President's Budget Proposal \xe2\x80" Opportunities for Disconnected Youth
- Sep 04, 2009 RAISE UP Act Prepares Disadvantaged Youth for the Future
- Jun 22, 2009 Lessons Learned: Community Perspectives on Supporting the Path to Positive Life Outcomes for Youth
- Jun 10, 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Opportunities to Assist Black Males The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is designed to jumpstart our nation's economy, preserve and create jobs, assist those most affected by the recession, and to begin necessary investments in neglected areas such as education, child care, en