New Jersey's Youth Agenda


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New Jersey's Youth Agenda

  1. 1. New Jersey’s Youth Agenda Strategic Planning for Youth and Young Adults NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development GSETA, September 14, 2011
  2. 2. Purpose: <ul><li>To determine the value of addressing youth development strategically. </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify next steps to coordinate youth development activities and move forward to achieve a shared vision. </li></ul>
  3. 3. And………… <ul><li>To explore and Identify the current situation </li></ul><ul><li>To identify short and long term goals </li></ul><ul><li>To determine where support may come from </li></ul><ul><li>To review possible obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>To outline first steps for action </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>In May, 2011 LWD laid the groundwork to bring together a NJ Team that would focus on strengthening services to youth. </li></ul><ul><li>A small representative group met on May 12 to develop a baseline plan to assemble the larger team. </li></ul><ul><li>On June 24, a larger group was convened to continue the discussion and determine the value of moving forward . </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Youth We Serve……. <ul><li>Many are: </li></ul><ul><li>Basic skills deficient </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Aging out of foster care </li></ul><ul><li>Prone to risky behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployed or Underemployed </li></ul><ul><li>And face these barriers: </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of parental involvement, family issues and dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Low life and coping skill </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Delayed medical intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Experiencing addictions </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health issues </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Need Well-designed and coordinated programs offer youth who have become disconnected from mainstream institutions and systems additional opportunities to successfully transition to adult roles and responsibilities. The Vision The nation’s neediest youth will acquire the talents, skills and knowledge necessary to ensure their healthy transition to successful adult roles and responsibilities.
  7. 7. Objectives <ul><li>New Jersey’s team was created to support the objectives of the federal mission to ensure that communication, coordination, and collaboration focuses on: </li></ul><ul><li>Developing and coordinating policy, within existing policy </li></ul><ul><li>structures to address the needs of disadvantaged youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizing interagency collaborations to utilize the significant </li></ul><ul><li>expertise within specific Federal agency. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Objectives <ul><li>Coordinating research so the government can fund programs that produce results that help disadvantaged youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding and elevating models of &quot;what-works&quot; and help replicate them nationwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing innovative model strategies that efficiently and effectively respond to the needs of disadvantaged youth. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What We Know So Far----The Work Done to Date
  10. 10. Top 10 Signs of a Successful Youth <ul><li>Equipped for a career </li></ul><ul><li>Marketable skills for a sustainable living </li></ul><ul><li>High school diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Self-sustaining </li></ul><ul><li>Resilient, self aware, motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Career awareness, knowledge of options </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness, addiction-free </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul><ul><li>13 th Year educational attainment </li></ul><ul><li>Culturally sensitive </li></ul>
  11. 11. Top 10 Signs of a Successful System <ul><li>Active collaboration at the policy level </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating through shared planning, decision making, resources </li></ul><ul><li>Services not limited by funding rules </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage private resources </li></ul><ul><li>Universal comprehension of services/funding </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for progressive work </li></ul><ul><li>Tailors service to meet specific needs of youth </li></ul><ul><li>A shared vision </li></ul><ul><li>Seamless, comprehensive delivery </li></ul><ul><li>A system that continues to evolve and improve </li></ul>
  12. 12. Coordination/Collaboration Across Organizations
  13. 13. Contact Information Lynn Logo-Keepers, State Director New Jersey Youth Corps Department of Labor and Workforce Development 609-292-2060 Email: [email_address]