Current environment <ul><li>State and local fiscal crisis situation + local lag </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively minor federal...
To tackle dropout / DY issue fully, every city needs to put in place… <ul><li>Understanding of issue as a  community  prob...
Promising local initiatives / policies <ul><li>Leaders setting, following through on aspirational goals </li></ul><ul><li>...
Policy recommendations <ul><li>Immediate: </li></ul><ul><li>Direct job creation funding to local gov’ts, e.g., modified CD...
Selected Current Resources <ul><li>Local Programs & Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>The State of City Leadership for Childre...
Selected Current Resources <ul><li>Analyses & Policy Recommendations   </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences of Dropping Out of H...
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Leveraging Resources to Reengage Disconnected Youth

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  • &lt; 30% teens working in June 2009 Lowest level in 61 years Half what it was in 1978 Consistent downward trend Even lower rates for young men of color 3 of 10 students do not graduate from high school; one million per year “ Coin toss:” 52% of youth graduate from high school in main school systems of 50 largest cities; stark urban-suburban differences. One third of high school graduates not college- or work-ready 40% completion rates in community colleges – within six years
  • American Youth Policy Forum Dec. 14, 2009 Presentation

    1. 2. Current environment <ul><li>State and local fiscal crisis situation + local lag </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively minor federal investments, limited state/local match </li></ul><ul><li>Seeming affection for categorical programs </li></ul><ul><li>Devastatingly high unemployment => very limited labor market experience of young adults </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent achievement gaps, high dropout rates </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention & enforcement as articles of faith – what place for intervention? </li></ul><ul><li>Overall: lack of powerful driving policy concept(s) </li></ul>National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
    2. 3. To tackle dropout / DY issue fully, every city needs to put in place… <ul><li>Understanding of issue as a community problem + room for all relevant leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Early warning systems </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of education & other data systems </li></ul><ul><li>Means to engage parents and stakeholders to set high common aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to transform struggling high schools </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible portfolio of quality options offering rigor, relevance, relationships, and future focus </li></ul>National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
    3. 4. Promising local initiatives / policies <ul><li>Leaders setting, following through on aspirational goals </li></ul><ul><li>Tangible cross-system collaboration efforts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Portals and cross-referrals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition-age youth task force & plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local projects seeded/supported via state policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported by intermediary/lead agency + data sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local assessment of need & expansion of pathways </li></ul>National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
    4. 5. Policy recommendations <ul><li>Immediate: </li></ul><ul><li>Direct job creation funding to local gov’ts, e.g., modified CDBG formula, in partnership with WIBs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine tuning: “Fast track” authority; non-supplantation; focus on groups experiencing particularly high unemployment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reauthorizations – priority considerations: </li></ul><ul><li>Sharpen policy regarding federal, state, local roles </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple pathways to HS and postsecondary graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity: Jobs linked to staying in school; community service by , not simply services for </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive planning a la Youth Promise Act </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge programs for age of transition a la Chafee Act </li></ul>National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
    5. 6. Selected Current Resources <ul><li>Local Programs & Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>The State of City Leadership for Children and Families 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preventing Gang Violence/Building Communities Toolkit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential elements of a local gang violence prevention: action plan, and blended prevention, intervention, and enforcement strategies. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Setting the Stage for New High Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlines seven key policy conditions that facilitate the expansion of alternatives and options for dropouts and other students who struggle in traditional high school settings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All available online at </li></ul><ul><li>www.nlc.org/iyef </li></ul>National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
    6. 7. Selected Current Resources <ul><li>Analyses & Policy Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences of Dropping Out of High School (national and local) and Left Behind in America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online at http://www.clms.neu.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth at High Risk of Disconnection: 2008 Data Update of Connected by 25 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online http://tinyurl.com/y9f525t </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NLC job creation letter to President Obama </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online at www.nlc.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graduating America (Jobs for the Future & Everyone Graduates Center) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online at http://tinyurl.com/yfvp8tl </li></ul></ul>National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families

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