American school districts are losing the battle to successfully educate a large number of the nation’s youth. For every 10 students that begin ninth grade, three students fail to graduate from high school four years later. This equates to about 1.2 million students who drop out each year. Urban areas are of particular concern, as they have the lowest graduation rates. In the nation’s 50 largest cities, the graduation rate is an abysmal 53 percent. Disaggregating the graduation percentages by race reveals an even more disturbing story for youth of color.
CLASP identifies and documents effective practices in youth employment service delivery from communities across the country, with particular focus on the function and effectiveness of the workforce investment system and its collaborative relationship with other systems that serve at-risk and disconnected youth. Communities include Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and San Diego.
This paper discusses how the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) system can use new funding and flexibility under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to implement cutting-edge workforce education and training strategies that can help low-skill adults and out-of-school youth gain the skillsand credentials they need to fill the pipeline of skilled workers for jobs important to local economies. It focuses on career pathways as a framework for strengthening employer engagement and linkages among workforce education and training programs; and as a model for improving how training and related services are delivered in the WIA adult, dislocated workers and youth programs.
This paper looks at strategies for connecting high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 24 to pathways to postsecondary credentials that have value in the labor market. It highlights examples of innovations in policy, program delivery, pedagogy in adult education, youth development and dropout recovery, and postsecondary education.
This brief from the Campaign for Youth explains why our economic future depends on the next generation of young Americans becoming ready for college, work, and life. It also presents strategies for achieving that.
In light of the peril facing so many of our youth in high-poverty communities, as well as the disparities in education and labor market outcomes for youth from these communities, there are compelling reasons for re-instituting federal investment in summer jobs.
Describes the conflicting themes and provisions of welfare legislation and the job training consolidation bills. A number of key issues are identified and discussed concerning the likely impact of these bills on access to education and training for individuals who receive cash assistance.
On December 4, Hannah Matthews and Duy Pham presented our 2019 report, Children and Families in Trouble: Census Data Show Declining Health Coverage and Enduring Poverty, at “Reducing Inequality in Education Policy Day” hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.