Wi get connected pt 2


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This Powerpoint discusses how libraries can address Disconnected Youth in their communities, how they can target specific programming and tailor it to their needs and gives suggestions for community partnerships.

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Wi get connected pt 2

  1. 1. Get ConnectedYour Disconnected Youth and how to reach them
  2. 2. Where you are now
  3. 3. “Prevention is the best cure. The long-term solutionto youth disconnection is to address in a meaningfulway the deep historical inequalities that persist inAmerican society. Building connections betweencommunities and both educational and employmentopportunities is vital, as are communityempowerment and greater investment in people andneighborhoods. Ensuring that families havethe resources they need to help their children passsafely through the obstacle course of adolescenceand early adulthood to realize their full potentialbenefits as Americans. Ensuring that young peopleand their families know about and can access avariety of pathways to a productive adulthood isvital to the future: theirs and ours.”
  4. 4. Developmentally SupportivePlaces• Features*: – Physical and psychological safety – Appropriate structure – Supportive adult relationships – Feelings of belonging and being valued – Opportunities to develop positive social values and norms – Support for efficacy and mattering – Opportunities for skill building and mastery – *National Academies of Sciences/National Research Council’s Panel on Community Youth Development Programs
  5. 5. Challenges to Developing anEffective Response• No one agency or public system can typically address the multiple obstacles facing disconnected youth• Collaboration among stakeholders is essential, but hard to achieve• Libraries are rarely considered one of the key stakeholders
  6. 6. Public Libraries and YouthDevelopment• Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development (PLPYD) – Challenges, activities and opportunities designed to support six basic developmental outcomes • Youth contribute to their community • You feel safe in their environment • Youth have meaningful relationships with adults and peers • Youth achieve educational success • Youth develop marketable skills • Youth develop personal and social skills
  7. 7. National League of Cities• Local government sets the tone and direction for local efforts to reengage disconnected youth. – Promote educational achievement – Developing workforce connections – Supporting youth in transition – Build a citywide system
  8. 8. NLC’s findings include:• Intervene Early• Don’t Give up on Older Youth• View Youth as Resources• Create Multiple Pathways to Success• Commit to Comprehensive Approaches• Insist on Accountability
  9. 9. Implications for organizationalpolicy• Analyze internal policies against research on healthy youth development• Create opportunities for disengaged youth to engage in healthy behaviors• Create opportunities for disengaged youth to articulate how libraries can support their efforts to transition to adulthood.
  10. 10. PPL Recommendationsfor Action
  11. 11. Get Connected Timeline• In 2004: – Serving Disconnected Youth becomes part of Phoenix Public Library’s Strategic Plan – A task force is formed – Needs Assessment is performed• In 2005 – Gathered information from several sources – Brainstorming event – Series of Focus Groups – System wide Survey
  12. 12. LaTisha - 19 Get Connected Timeline2005• Recommendations for action: – Partner with existing organizations & Implement System wide programs – Improve materials – Advertising and outreach – Train Library Staff
  13. 13. Committee Staff ProgrammingThe formation of a standing •Identify service Committee •GED organiz creates a workshops ations in number of staff •Job & School branch service dedicated to Fair areas creating •Create •Train library, implementing, Information staff organizing and al Kiosks •Implement recogni •Create Website Internshipzing services to •Other program Disconnected types of •DVD Youth at all classes •Listserv Phoenix Public Libraries
  14. 14. Onyx -17Get Connected TimelineIn 2006:• 2nd Brainstorming Breakfast• GED classes begin at Burton Barr Library• All staff informational emails begin• Staff training begins
  15. 15. Get Connected TimelineIn 2007:• Work Begins on DVD• Work Begins on Informational Kiosks• Job and School Fairs begin• Job Readiness and other classes begin regionally Cesar - 19
  16. 16. Partnerships are the keyto your success
  17. 17. Partnerships with Classes atPPL Interview & GED Job Searching Life Skills Resume Glendale Community X X College Rio Solado College X X Jobing.com X X Fresh Start XJobs for Valley Youth X X X
  18. 18. On the Horizon Programs Outreach Kiosks WebsiteBi-annual Brochures StandFairs Distribution from valley alone webGED cont. of organizations presenceLife Skills information in every andClasses to schools library directoryRegionally and facilities Branch areMore Staff being addedTrainings to continually
  19. 19. How it all comestogether
  20. 20. How It All Comes Together Classes & Fairs Staff Trainings Ready Information All Youth Benefit Website Advertisinghttp://getconnectedppl.googlepages.com/home
  21. 21. Lazy Nick• Drug addict mom• Drug addict dad• Moved from house to house• Kicked out at 15• Librarians to the rescue• Call-a-teen program• Weekend Nurse
  22. 22. Twitchy Ben• Normal parents• Normal childhood• Bad neighborhood• Introduce Meth• Annoys librarians• Rehab• Concrete Laborer
  23. 23. The Five Strategies
  24. 24. Re-EngageRe-engage disconnected youth and young adults in education. Disconnected youth and young adults need multiple options for continuing their education, including accessible “on-ramps” leading to re- enrollment in high school.
  25. 25. Support• Include provisions for disconnected youth in economic recovery and infrastructure investments and programs. Investments geared to economic recovery should incorporate efforts to help out-of- school youth get the training and supports they need to secure sustainable, family-supporting employment.
  26. 26. Employment• Address obstacles to employment. In neighborhoods with entrenched poverty, workforce development efforts need to help young people address barriers to work, including physical and mental health problems, drug and alcohol addictions, domestic violence, or limited English proficiency. Practical or legal problems, such as inadequate transportation, lack of child care, immigration problems, or criminal records, may also impede employment.
  27. 27. Developmental Opportunities• Provide developmental opportunities that recognize the importance of social networks. Sustained relationships with adults in the community can help students thrive despite adverse conditions. Disconnected youth need connection to positive adult role models, including both family members and other adults. They need chances to become engaged in community or civic affairs and expand their social networks.
  28. 28. Comprehensive Reform• Aim for comprehensive reform, with a focus on cross- system collaboration. Efforts to reach and re-connect struggling youth require collaboration across all youth-serving systems, including school districts, foster care agencies, pregnancy prevention initiatives, juvenile justice, workforce development, and social service agencies.• To read the whole indicator brief go to Reducing the Number of Disconnected Youth
  29. 29. Some Resources youmight use
  30. 30. RuFES.org• Provide program ideas like job coaching, contextual vocational education, pre-college assistance, and career mapping, and suggest ways that you can link these programs to other family economic success initiatives.The Approachhttp://rufes.org/about/Job Coachinghttp://rufes.org/2012/12/06/job-coaching/Resourceshttp://rufes.org/resources/
  31. 31. Kids Count• Check out the KIDS COUNT Data Center to find out how many youth in your state are disconnected from work and school. Then contact your KIDS COUNT State Organization to find out who to connect with to tackle this complex challenge.
  32. 32. Annie B. Casey FoundationReport exampleshttp://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx ?pubguid=%7bDFAD838E-1C29-46B4-BE8A- 4D8392BC25C9%7dhttp://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx ?pubguid=%7b3213DA55-8216-4065-B408- D7A521CDD990%7dNational Outreach Partnershttp://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT/Outrea chPartners.aspx
  33. 33. Wisconsin Council on Childrenand Families http://www.wccf.org/kidcount_pub.php http://www.wccf.org/ Events http://www.wccf.org/events.php
  34. 34. Juvenile Justice Snapshots• http://www.wccf.org/kidcount_data_snapshots_juvenil e_justice_trends.php
  35. 35. Operation Fresh Start This is one seriously cool program! http://www.operationfreshstart.org/
  36. 36. One In Sevenmeasureofamerica.org
  37. 37. Youth Transitions FundersGroup – connected by 25• Most young people make a safe passage from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their families, caring adults, communities, and schools. However, youth with few supports – such as teens aging out of the foster care system, youth who dont finish high school, or youth in the juvenile justice system – need help to find the right path to success.• YTFG is dedicated to improving the lives of the 3 million young people, between the ages of 14 and 24, in need of extra support.http://www.ytfg.org/knowledge/connected-by-25-online- toolkit
  38. 38. National League of citiesVery big picture here.• http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/institute-for- youth-education-and-families
  39. 39. Forum for Youth Investment –Ready by 21Ready by 21 is the Forum’s signature initiative based on decades of experience working with state and local leaders. It is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities and states improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 provides clear standards to achieve collective impact, tools and solutions to help leaders make progress, and ways to measure and track success along the way. Specifically, Ready by 21 helps leaders build broader partnerships, set bigger goals, collect and use better data, and take bolder actions. A growing number of communities and states are using these strategies to change the way they do business.http://www.readyby21.org/toolkits/broader-partnershipswww.forumforyouthinvestment.org
  40. 40. Urban Libraries Council• http://www.urbanlibraries.org/
  41. 41. What it all boils down to
  42. 42. Healthydevelopment isnot anindividualprocess;rather, it is acommunityaffair
  43. 43. All alone? What can you do?• Present something about library services at a local homeless shelter• Put out a brochure of resources• Make a book display• Create an online list of resources and connect it to your website.• Train your staff to be sensitive to the issues that DY face.• Invite a local organization to hold meetings at your library• Beef up your internet and resume classes• Start a seed library• Partner Ideas from the Whitehouse Brief: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press- office/2012/01/05/we-cant-wait-white-house- announces-federal-and-private-sector-commitment
  44. 44. Just for fun, Our videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpF0HFvyT68
  45. 45. Questions? Comments?Hit me up!Terry Ann Lawler602-534-5014Terry.lawler@phoenix.govLook me up on Google+ or check out my online profile @https://sites.google.com/site/terryannlawler/