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?
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.
January 15, 2014
This tool is intended to serve as a roadmap for evaluating the quality of youth sports programs. It will help coaches, leagues, and program administrators identify the “inputs” that are necessary to create a youth sports program that promotes both sports skills and positive youth development. Meeting the standards outlined in the tool will help programs ensure that their athletes have a safe, educational and fun experience.