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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.
Bringing Learning to Life: Service-Learning in Action

January 15, 2014

Service-Learning In Action is for teachers integrating service-learning into their classrooms to strengthen and enhance academic development and for the application of service-learning in less formal educational environments. The Guide provides an overview of service learning, ways to connect service to curricula, likely impacts, and a simple planning tool. Learn and Serve America has created a full set of tools – available for free – to help spread the word about the benefits of service-learning and grow the movement of service-learning.
Youth Engaged in Service Website

January 15, 2014

Volunteering in the United States is at an all-time high and many of these volunteers are young people. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation emphasizes that by enlisting youth from a range of backgrounds service, grassroots faith- and community-based organizations can expand the meaningful youth development and service opportunities available to young people. Whether you are starting a new program or want to add to what you already do, this toolkit can help you introduce youth from all walks of life to the personal growth and empowerment that comes from serving others.