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Comprehensive Community Initiatives - Case Studies

December 06, 2016

Collective impact – a collaborative approach to solving social problems - is a popular tool used by the government and community-based organizations. Communities across the country are embracing this approach to help children and young people access the fundamental resources  - what we call the Five Promises – that they need to succeed.    Decades of community change efforts demonstrate, however, that this strategy is far from a silver bullet.
Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development

February 13, 2017

In this brief, the authors present a web of support framework to describe how youth relate to adults and peers in their lives, and how these relationships provide the supports necessary for young people to thrive. This framework is composed of three key layers, each of which contributes to a young person’s development: relationships, resources, and networks/social capital.
Youth, Relationships, and Career Readiness

February 28, 2017

Two new reports explore how relationships impact young people at work and in life
I Came Here to Learn

August 01, 2017

Students whose First Language is Not English (FLNE) make up the fastest growing segment of public school students across the country. In Massachusetts, one in five students is classified as FLNE. This report explores their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future.
Barriers to Success

March 28, 2017

While many young people in America continue to be bombarded by severe adversity, few receive the supports and resources they need to cope and succeed.