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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 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.
- Jun 28, 2013 | Kisha Bird 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 policy that considers race. For months, advocates of racial justice and supporters of affirmative action anxiously waited for this decision as it would have major implications for racial preferences in admissions to public colleges and universities, as well as for the broader legacy of affirmative action.
- Jun 10, 2013 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant Education, Employment, and Health Outcomes for Black Boys and Young Men: Opportunities for Research and Advocacy Collaboration CLASP and the Scholars Network on Black Masculinity collaborated to host a joint working session on May 2-3, 2013. This meeting attracted 32 nationally recognized researchers and policy advocates, representing 25 institutions of higher education, research organizations, national membership organizations, national policy organizations, civil rights groups, and foundations interested in this issue. The convening had three objectives: 1.\tTo develop formal and meaningful relationships between researchers and national policy advocates 2.\tTo connect research findings to national, state, and local policy discussions that support solutions to the dropout and employment crisis for middle school, high school, and out-of-school black males 3.\tTo reach consensus and focus efforts on activities over the next two years that advance policy solutions for employment and dropout prevention and recovery for middle school, high school, and out-of-school black males
- Apr 03, 2013 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant Taking Aim at Gun Violence: Rebuilding Community Education and Employment Pathways In a single generation, our nation is faced with the prospect of losing over 132,000 black men and boys to gun violence. Moreover, for every black male who dies from gun violence, there are another 24 others who suffer non-fatal injuries - making the impacts of such violence even greater. In black communities, gun violence is about far more than reforming gun control laws and empowering law enforcement. Gun violence for young black males predominates in communities where residents live in concentrated disadvantage with high rates of unemployment, school dropout, and poverty. The absence of opportunities in these communities gives rise to criminal activity and the loss of too many young lives. Solving the crisis of gun violence in communities requires that America address the issue of concentrated poverty and geography. The rebuilding and strengthening of these communities through creating infrastructure to provide improved education and employment opportunities for black youth will significantly reduce issues of gun violence.
- Feb 19, 2013 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, Linda Harris, Kisha Bird Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity Boys and young men of color in the United States face challenges in the areas of education, employment, and health. In the last several years, there has been greater focus on understanding these challenges and identifying potential solutions. While we know more about effective programmatic solutions, we still have much to learn about the systemic barriers that impede the success of males of color. Effecting policy changes in these areas will produce sustainable gains for boys and young men of color. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned CLASP to conduct a scan of these policy opportunities to inform the development of their Forward Promise Initiative.
- Dec 20, 2012 | Campaign for Youth Campaign for Youth Urges Policymakers to Connect Youth To Training and Jobs in Sandy Relief Package
- Oct 16, 2012 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant Commentary on Children, Families and Poverty: Definitions, Trends, Emerging Science and Implications for Policy The latest issue of Social Policy Report, "Children, Families and Poverty: Definitions, Trends, Emerging Science and Implications for Policy" features commentary from Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant. The Social Policy Report is a quarterly publication that provides a forum for scholarly reviews and discussions of developmental research and its implications for the policies affecting children published by the Society for Research in Child Development.
- Jul 31, 2012 | Linda Harris and Kisha Bird Comments to U.S. Department of Education Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth CLASP applauds the Obama Administration and the leadership of the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Education in spearheading the Interagency Work Group on Disconnected Youth. We welcome the role the workgroup can play in providing visibility to the situation of this often forgotten segment of the youth population and in advancing policies that support dropout recovery and the reengagement of youth in high-risk situations.
- Jun 27, 2012 | Campaign for Youth FACT SHEET: HOUSE WIA REAUTHORIZATION BILL ELIMINATES YOUTH JOBS AND TRAINING
- May 24, 2012 | Rhonda Bryant Connecting to Jobs: Local Strategies & Policy Approaches to Employ Black Men We are all painfully aware of the employment situation for Black males in the United States. The problem is not a new one. It has, however, been exacerbated by the economic crisis of the last several years. As in times past, black males have been slow to bounce back from this most recent setback in the economy. Young black men in particular face major challenges because their lack of attachment to the labor market is generally a predictor of future attachment and future earning potential. There are solutions to this employment problem \xe2\x80" but it requires significant advocacy, the public will to be intentional about solutions for black males specifically, and adequate resources to address the scale of the problem.
- May 08, 2012 | LINDA HARRIS, RHONDA BRYANT, AND KISHA BIRD Finding the Will: A Guidebook for Using Youth Distress Data to Promote Community Advocacy and Action This guidebook is a companion document to CLASP's Keeping Youth Connected data profile series developed to assist communities that have high levels of youth distress. The data profile project aims to elevate discussions about this challenge and encourage the strategic actions necessary to improve outcomes for youth and the community.
- Jan 27, 2011 | CLASP Youth Team In Their Own Words In Their Own Words is a video developed to gain better insight into the unique experiences of young people who have dropped out of high school and reconnected to career and education supports and to capture the sense of hope and transformation of young males of color.
- Dec 09, 2010 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt We Dream A World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys There is a gross disparity in outcomes for Black people, particularly men and youth, in all major areas of American life, including education, employment and health. The reasons for these disparities are myriad, such as generational poverty, lack of access to opportunities and structural racism. As a nation, we simply cannot afford to write off generations of Black men who have so much potential. We urgently need action in the Black community and political will at all levels to drastically alter the status quo. The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys was formed to ensure that by the time black boys born in 2007 turn 18 (in 2025), the nation's policies and social mores will have changed drastically enough that collectively they will fare far better than today's young black men. We Dream A World sets forth a strategy to raise awareness, create local impact, and advance better policies to achieve this goal.
- Nov 30, 2010 | Linda Harris, Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield Building Pathways to Postsecondary Success for Low-Income Young Men of Color
- Aug 17, 2010 | Linda Harris Recommendations for WIA Reauthorization Title I Youth Provisions WIA reauthorization provides the opportunity to re-think and strengthen the youth delivery system across the country. CLASP recommendations focus on increase targeting to high risk youth and more strategic alliances among youth serving systems
- Mar 29, 2010 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Reauthorizing ESEA: Considerations for Dropout Prevention and Recovery American school districts are losing the battle to successfully educate a large number of the nation's youth. The reauthorization of ESEA is a prime opportunity to rethink how we can strengthen our commitment to reconnect with youth who have left school without receiving their diploma. These comments, submitted to the US House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, focus on how to amend ESEA to ensure that struggling students and high school dropouts have access to systems, support, and funding to remain in school or re-enter the educational system and attain a viable education that prepares them for post secondary opportunities and success in careers.
- Mar 09, 2010 | Sara Hastings, Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt, and Linda Harris Building a Comprehensive Youth Employment Delivery System: Examples of Effective Practice Many communities have shown tremendous commitment to youth employment. The return on investment and effort, however, can be greatly multiplied if federal youth funds, discretionary funding, resources from other youth serving systems, and community resources are brought together to build comprehensive youth employment system. Key elements of such a system include: a strong convening entity, an effective administrative agent, a well-trained case management arm, strong partnerships across systems that serve youth, and high quality work experience and career exposure.
- Mar 09, 2010 | Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt, Linda Harris, and Kisha Bird Follow the Money: Funding and Legislative Opportunities on the Horizon for Communities to Serve Disconnected Youth Several pieces of legislation have been proposed or passed that present opportunities to fund programs in communities to keep young people connected to school and recapture those who have fallen by the wayside. Most of these resources, however, are from competitive funding streams which will require communities to demonstrate innovative practice in planning and implementation. Communities need to be aware of these potential opportunities very early in the process in order to plan strategically and create partnerships to program at-scale and meet the needs of their disconnected youth.
- Oct 08, 2009 | CLASP The Safety Net's Response to the Recession