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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.
Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development

March 01, 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.
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?
Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students

April 07, 2016

This paper presents a landscape analysis of how blended learning currently is being used as a strategy to serve young adults, age 16-24, who have re-engaged in education in an effort to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. The analysis is based on a review of relevant empirical research and interviews with program developers, practitioners and policy makers in the field.  Contributing to a nascent body of literature, this report highlights examples of how blended learning is being implemented in schools and community-based organizations.
What Works for Mentoring Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

January 15, 2014

Child Trends has released a new brief that determines how frequently mentoring programs work to improve the lives of young people when it comes to their parent and peer relationships, mental health, education and behavioral problems. The brief, What Works for Mentoring Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions is a synthesis of experimental evaluation of 19 mentoring programs located in Child Trends’ database of social interventions designed for children and youth. Key findings show the types of mentoring programs that were most effective.
How Out of School Time Program Quality is Related to Adolescent Outcomes

January 15, 2014

In this brief, Child Trends examine the association between out-of-school time (OST) program quality and adolescent outcomes. Research is sparse on what constitutes a quality program. However, several elements of program quality are frequently identified. Three of these are programs that support youth in forming positive relationships, making decisions, and encouraging learning. In addition, safety—or fostering a safe physical and emotional environment—is often identified as a key element in program quality.
Improving the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults: Out-of-School Time Programs That Have Significant Positive Impacts

January 15, 2014

In this fact sheet, Child Trends highlights many different programs for adolescents and/or young adults that have relatively sizeable positive impacts for at least one outcome category. Some of the outcome categories include behavior problems, substance abuse, reproductive health, social-emotional health, life skills, education, and physical health. The programs are evaluated on a scale to determine their effectiveness. The fact sheet provides the name of the organization, the targeted age group, and the sizeable impact on the outcome category.