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Mentoring Disconnected Youth: How Mentors Can Help Reconnect Youth to School & Work


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November 15, 2012. Part of 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series.

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Mentoring Disconnected Youth: How Mentors Can Help Reconnect Youth to School & Work

  1. 1. 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series Mentoring Disconnected Youth: How Mentors Can Help Reconnect Youth to School and Work Nov. 15, 2012
  2. 2. 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar SeriesSarah Kremer, Michael Garringer, April Riordan, MP of Celeste Janssen, Meghan Ferns, Dana Gold, MP ofFriends for Youth Education Northwest Minnesota Oregon Mentors Oregon Mentors SWPA Webinars are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday. • 10-11:15am Pacific • 11am-12:15pm Mountain • 12-1:15 pm Central • 1-2:15pm Eastern Marissa Strayer Benton, December Warren, Mobius Mentors Indiana MP 1
  3. 3. Good to Know…After the webinar, all attendees receive: Please help us  Instructions for how to access PDF of presentation slides and webinar out by recording answering survey  Link to the Chronicle of Evidence- questions at the Based Mentoring where we: end of the • Post resources • Keep the conversation going webinar. 2
  4. 4. Participate in Today’s Webinar• All attendees muted for best sound• Type questions and comments in the question box• Respond to polls• Who is with us today? 3
  5. 5. Today’s Webinar1. Who are “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth?2. What is already being done to reconnect these youth to school and work?3. What part can mentoring programs play in improving outcomes for these youth?Q & A throughout the presentation (use the Q & A panel) 4
  6. 6. Jim Scheibel Jim Scheibel has spent his career working for economic opportunity for all. He was recently a speaker at the Opportunity Nation summit. His career includes serving in his hometown of St. Paul, MN, as a City Council member and Mayor. During the Clinton administration, he directed VISTA and the Senior Corps (during his tenure, the Experience Corps began as a demonstration project). He has been an Executive Director of nonprofits that promote self-sufficiency and started his career as a youth worker and community organizer. Jim is currently an Executive in Residence at Hamline University’s School of Business in St. Paul and services on boards of many youth-serving agencies. 5
  7. 7. Abrigal Forrester At thebeing with21, Abrigal faced his Abrigal Since age released from Incarceration income Abrigal Forrester is the Associategreatest has worked of court-involved youth, low challenge because of the choicesPolicy Director forand chronically unemployedhe made populations, Advocacy and Public individuals for over 10 years. His previous work to YouthBuildunproductive also managing at engage in USA. He is behaviors as a was with the Boston Foundation’s Street Safe young initiative, providing up getting sentenced the National He ended services for gang Boston man. Council of Young Leaders to a ten youth who have beenyoung leaders involved identified as the which is year mandatory sentenceCity of comprised of 16within the for drug drivers of crime and violence trafficking alsoaworked for the Urban League of nominatedas members from seven spent Boston. He as first time offender. He Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) as the Manager of his Employment Resource Center. In from 1991 to nationally twenties incarcerated addition, the entire recognized youth 2001. During for STRIVE, Boston Employment organizations that time Abrigal worked very Abrigal worked who created policy hard to Inc., re-entry workforce development in Service, transform he played an essential role developing a where recommendationshis the White Houselife. to thinking and his He exemplifieson issues impacting He and Congress the possibility of program for previously incarcerated adults. transformation CorrectionsSherriff of the Suffolk then worked closely with the opportunity youth. success for reentering County House of and and her administration in-order design and deliver “behind citizens. the walls” job readiness training and transitional assistance to inmates. 6
  8. 8. Annie Blackledge Before coming to OSPI, Ms. Blackledge Annie guided successful dropout Annie Blackledge, Casey Family Programs Fellow, as Education Program Manager for served U.S. Department of Education, Office the Washington State practice initiatives, reduction policy and of Vocational and AdultChildrens (OVAE). Education Administration,Casey Familyof Social and of including the development and passage Prior to joining Department Programs, Ms. Health Services.of agency-requested several pieces In this position, she was Blackledge was Program Supervisor for responsible for implementing school stability Dropout Reduction with thedevelopmentState legislation that led to the Washington of legislation and developing and overseeing a Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction programs, policies, and procedures program statewide dropout reengagement relating (OSPI). In this position, she was responsible for education (preschool through of a to the development defines vulnerable and State law that and oversight postsecondary) for foster children. Ms. statewide dropout reduction program that Blackledge has more to receive priority for student populations than 15 demonstrated significant gainsyears of in the services in State dropout reduction experience in education and youth services academic achievement of vulnerable students, the creation of Dropout serving and an extensive background in Early programs. Warning and Intervention Data dropout vulnerable youth; child welfare,System, and prevention, intervention, and reengagement the staffing of a State-level, interagency programming; and policy and program legislative workgroup. development. 7
  9. 9. Disconnected Youth 8
  10. 10. Opportunity YouthWhile these youth facesignificant life challenges, moststart out with big dreams andremain confident or hopeful thatthey can achieve their goals;most accept responsibility fortheir futures; and most arelooking to reconnect to school,work and service. 9
  11. 11. Opportunity Youth Opportunity youth want to work with peers and mentors. 10
  12. 12. Historical Perspective Cross-system coordination to serve disadvantaged youthhas been a focus of bipartisan federal attention for decades
  13. 13. White House Council for Community Solutions Executive Order 13560- charged with: • Identifying key attributes of successful community solutions; • Highlighting best practices, tools, and models of cross- sector collaboration and civic participation; and • Making recommendations on how to engage all stakeholders in community solutions that have a significant impact on solving our nation’s most serious problems.
  14. 14. Effective Community Solutions
  15. 15. June 2012 1. Drive the Development of Community Successful Cross-Sector Solutions for Community CollaborationsOpportunity Youth Final Report 2. Create Shared National Core Strategies Responsibility and Accountability andRecommendations 3. Engage Youth as Leaders in the Solution 4. Build More Robust On-Ramps to Employment
  16. 16. 2011 Presidential Memo on Administrative FlexibilityResponses to the 2011 Presidential Memorandumon Administrative Flexibility focused on the followingchallenges with serving this population:• Limited evidence about effective models and strategies;• Lack of knowledge about the evidence that exists;• Lack of attention to this specific population at the State, local, and Federal levels;• Lack of coordination in addressing their needs; and,• The need for more comprehensive approaches that meet the multi-faceted needs of this population.
  17. 17. Performance Partnership PilotsThe President’s FY 2013 Budget includes a requestfor funding and authority to implement PerformancePartnership Pilots in order to improve outcomes fordisconnected youth:General Provisions, Sec. 737.Such Pilots shall consist of a combination of :• No more than 13 Performance Partnership pilots• Designed to facilitate flexibility of existing funds involving $130 million in discretionary Federal resources – DOL-ETA WIF $10 million set aside – Department of Education $5 million – Health and Human Services $5 million• State and local flexibility in exchange for performance
  18. 18. Interagency Forum for Disconnected Youth
  19. 19. Request for Information (RFI)- Areas of FocusEffective and • Unified intake systemPromising • Coordinated case managementPractices • Relaxed/combined eligibility for similar programsand Strategies • Braided/Blended/Pooled funding streams • Data, accountability, quality improvement systemsOutcomes, Data • Cross systems evaluations assessments, intakeand Evaluation • Improved education, employment and adult outcomes • Partners: State, local, non-profit, business, and othersPublic and • The role of philanthropic and business partnersPrivate • Governance / advisory modelsPartnerships • Interagency data sharing • Program eligibilitiesBarriers • Audit resolution and time and effort reporting •Lack of aligned performance measures
  20. 20. RFI: Emerging Themes• 170 responses received from a broad array of stakeholders• Overarching themes include: – Importance of a long term connection with a caring adult/mentor – Barriers related to lack of housing stability, financial literacy and mental health services – Alignment of eligibility requirements, intake processes, performance measures (both interim and long term) and data collection systems – Incentivizing a long-term approach to better track outcomes – Need for a multiple pathway approach addressing the full continuum prevention, intervention and re-engagement – Full youth participation/partnership in the development, implementation and evaluation of proposed pilots
  21. 21. Future Webinars December 20 Social Media + National Mentoring Month = Opportunity! 20
  22. 22. Remember…After the webinar:  Everyone will get an email with Please help us information on how to download the out by slides/recording answering survey  Continue the conversation at the questions at the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring: end of the webinar. 21
  23. 23. 2012 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar SeriesSarah Kremer, Michael Garringer, April Riordan, MP of Celeste Janssen, Meghan Ferns, Dana Gold, MP ofFriends for Youth Education Northwest Minnesota Oregon Mentors Oregon Mentors SWPA Thank you for participating today! Marissa Strayer Benton, December Warren, Mobius Mentors Indiana MP 22