About the CCRY Network
Over the past several years, many communities have invested in considerable capacity-building and innovation to reach and reconnect youth who are disconnected from school and employment. CCRY Network is an outgrowth of those communities that started with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Youth Opportunity Movement and decided it was important to continue their cross-system work on behalf of disconnected youth and to network across communities to share lessons, innovations, and success stories. The network has since expanded to include communities that are invested in this youth population and the cross-systems solutions needed to ensure their education and economic success.
The network was formed to:
- Serve as a collective learning environment, promoting peer-to-peer exchange and hands-on assistance in implementing and expanding best practice especially in communities with high levels of youth distress,
- Serve as a communications vehicle to bring attention to the work and innovative practice that is occurring in communities across the country, and
- Have a collective voice and make input into state and federal policy on issues affecting disconnected youth in distressed communities.
Since 2006, the Network has convened semi-annually in host communities bringing teams to the forums to focus on issues, policies and strategies to enhance service delivery to vulnerable youth. CLASP, with support from FHI 360, serves as a convener and works with the communities to make the connections between federal policy and local practice.
Our current participating communities include: Albany, NY; Baltimore City, MD; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Miami, FL; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Tacoma, WA; Tucson, AZ; and southeastern Arkansas.
Materials and resources from recent CCRY Network meetings: