- Apr 12, 2017 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Improving Access, Cutting Red Tape: State Lessons from Work Support Strategies This article was originally published in the April 2017 issues of APHSA's Policy and Practice magazine.
- Jun 20, 2016 | Kisha Bird, Andrea Amaechi & Nia West-Bey Realizing Youth Justice: Advancing Education and Employment through Public Policy and Investment
- Jul 16, 2015 | Kisha Bird Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets Our investments and policy choices must value young men of color as assets vital to economic and social growth. There is no silver bullet, but there are many solutions. Federal, state, and local policy should reflect a comprehensive approach.
- Jan 23, 2014 | Kisha Bird Mission Critical: Strategies to Help Disadvantaged and Disconnected Youth Reach Their Full Potential Poverty and unemployment persist in the face of declining federal, state, and local investment in education, job training, and social supports that help individuals and families survive and provide pathways out of poverty.
- Nov 30, 2010 | Linda Harris & Amy Ellen Duke-Benfiled 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 urgent need--both economic and moral--to better understand the policy and community-based factors that serve as opportunities or barriers for young men and boys of color as they make critical life decisions." Ms. Harris and Ms. Duke-Benfield's chapter examines why it is essential to invest access to postsecondary education opportunities for young men of color.
- Apr 24, 2009 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Mark Greenberg Single Mothers in the Era of Welfare Reform The 1990s welfare reform and expansion of work supports caused an historic increase in the share of single mothers who were working. This chapter examines the policy changes of the 1990s and since along with the subsequent employment and earnings outcomes for single mothers. It considers how the policy changes affected both employment levels and job quality and discusses implications for next steps for federal and state policies. This chapter is from the 2009 LERA Research Volume, The Gloves-off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market, A. Bernhardt, H. Boushey, L. Dresser, and C. Tilly, eds., Champaign IL: Labor and Employment Relations Association, pp. 163--190. Copyright 2008 by the Labor and Employment Relations Association; Champaign, IL. Reprinted with permission. The volume is available through Cornell University Press.
- Jul 20, 2007 | Linda Harris The Tragic Loss of the Summer Jobs Program: Why it is Time to Reinstate! For more than three decades, the federal summer jobs program provided early work exposure for youth, including more than half a million low-income youth each year in the late 1990s--until the program came to an end with the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In light of the peril and the disparities in education and labor market outcomes facing youth in high-poverty communities, there are compelling reasons for re-instituting the federal investment in summer jobs. This article originally appeared in Focus magazine, a publication of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.