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The Role of Mentoring in College Access and Success

June 10, 2013

Given the urgent need to increase access to and success in college for all students, this Research to Practice brief distills and synthesizes scholarly research specifically as it pertains to the role of mentoring to promote college access and success, featuring an interview with the leadership of Philadelphia-Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar program.
A Portrait of Low-Income Young Adults in Higher Education

January 15, 2014

This brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy takes a broad look at low-income young adults in an effort to contribute to the national discussion on improving college degree completion by increasing participation among all disadvantaged populations—especially those who attempt to succeed in postsecondary settings under financial stress. Understanding the linkages between low-income young adults’ involvement in postsecondary education and their transition to the labor market is critical to improving the additive value of these experiences.
A Snapshot of African Americans in Higher Education

January 15, 2014

This brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy presents an overview of the facts and trends that highlight the postsecondary experiences and educational opportunities of African Americans. The report aims to highlight the trends and experiences of modern African-American college students. Included are examinations of enrollment rates, financial barriers, college experiences, degree attainment, and more. The Institute for Higher Education Policy is an independent, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing access and success in postsecondary education around the world.
Navigating and Negotiating Pathways for Success: Capturing the Life Experiences of Urban Youth and Their Caregivers

January 20, 2014

This work is part of a larger study by the Center for Promise of how communities come together to support young people, and how young people and their families navigate and negotiate those communities to succeed academically and vocationally, and engage civically. For this study, the Center for Promise conducted two rounds of in-depth interviews, approximately six months apart, with 47 pairs of caregivers and youth in four urban communities in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The questions explored the ways that youth and their families navigate and negotiate their communities to…
Dispelling Stereotypes of Young People Who Leave School Before Graduation

September 19, 2016

Part of the Don’t Call Them Dropouts series of research, Dispelling Stereotypes of Young People Who Leave School Before Graduation explores the social and emotional competencies of young people who have left school before graduating from high school.
Relationships Come First: How Four Career Development and Workforce Readiness Programs Prepare Young People for Work and Life

December 15, 2016

What role do relationships play in fostering workforce development and career readiness among ‘risk-immersed’ youth?
Youth, Relationships, and Career Readiness

March 01, 2017

Two new reports explore how relationships impact young people at work and in life
Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

March 01, 2017

Turning Points builds on the programmatic insights from Relationships Come First by asking young people enrolled in career pathways programs in four cities – Café Momentum in Dallas; Per Scholas in the Bronx, Urban Alliance in Washington, DC, and Year Up in the Bay Area – to  describe how the relationships in their lives shape their development.
Don’t Quit on Me

September 06, 2015

This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school.
Barriers to Success

March 30, 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.