From the Field

Learn about the latest resources and tools developed by experts in the field.

Scaling High Quality Youth Apprenticeship Programs

A white paper released last month by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices highlights steps governors are taking to promote and expand youth apprenticeship opportunities in their states, recognizing the increasing importance of postsecondary or industry-recognized credentials to help high-school graduates succeed in their careers. The white paper explores four case studies ofRead More

NGA Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Topic Paper

The National Governors Association recently published a topic paper on dual and concurrent enrollment programs that details how these programs can help states overcome workforce readiness and postsecondary access and completion challenges and how governors can strengthen them. The paper offers a number of examples of how governors are already acting to strengthen equity andRead More

State Financial Aid Barriers for Students Impacted by the Justice System

The Education Commission of the States recently released a policy outline that provides an overview of state financial aid access for students enrolled in prison postsecondary education programs or students with prior criminal convictions who are enrolled in postsecondary education outside of prison. The outline also references related reports providing in-depth policy analysis and helpfulRead More

Promise of Adolescence Webinar Series

You may recall the release of The Promise of Adolescence in August of 2019 which is a report that examines the neurobiological and sociobehavioral science of adolescent development and identifies how these findings can be applied to four key sectors: child welfare, education, health, and justice. Over the past several decades, research has fundamentally changed our understandingRead More

Introducing the YTFG Fellow Blog

We’re excited to launch a new blog series authored by our YTFG Fellows! Enjoy the first blog posting of this series — a reflection on our Houston meeting site visit to the Las Americas school written by Amanda Shabowich.  Las Americas thoughtfully blends social emotional programming with academics and English language services to prepare newcomers forRead More

Chapin Hall Releases Report on Federal Actions to Prevent & End Youth Homelessness

Chapin Hall released a new brief entitled Federal Actions to Prevent & End Youth Homelessness: Recommendations Based on Research and a National Convening of Experts and Stakeholders. The paper presents recommendations for federal action based on findings from the Voices of Youth Count research. The recommendations were developed through a multistep process that included national organizations,Read More

Family Separation, Child Detention and Toxic Stress

A new issue brief from the Immigration Initiative at Harvard University explores the impact of toxic stress caused by family separation and child detention. In addition to offering insights on the science of toxic stress and what research has shown to result from childhood experiences of toxic stress, the brief also offers policy makers andRead More

Evaluation Findings from MDRC

A new report released by MDRC explores research findings from their evaluation of Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)™, an initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. LEAP is underway in 10 sites and aims to increase employment and educational opportunities for young people facing some of the greatest challenges on the path toRead More

Impact Evaluation of Opportunity Works

An Urban Institute report reviews findings from an evaluation of Opportunity Works, a three-year collective impact initiative led by Jobs for the Future and based on their Back on Track framework which helps young people access postsecondary and career pathways. Opportunity Works was found to have a positive impact on college enrollment and involvement inRead More

Child Trends Releases New Report on Funding for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

This week, Child Trends released a report, Funding Supports and Services for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care, which provides an overview of how jurisdictions are using existing funding sources to serve youth transitioning from foster care and examines the funding challenges they continue to face. The report also identifies policy issues for the child welfareRead More

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