No More Islands: Family Involvement in 27 School and Youth Programs
In this report, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) asserts that young people should not be treated as “islands” by school and youth programs, separate from the context of their families and neighborhoods. AYPF finds that too often youth are treated as separate entities by education and youth-serving practitioners, while program strategies devised to serve their clients often read like a litany of family-based solutions. In its compendia of summaries of evaluations of effective youth programs, AYPF identifies many of these effective, family-like, strategies: include caring adults, create small close-knit environments, articulate high expectations and provide long-term support.
The 5 Promises
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: