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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
Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

February 27, 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.
Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students

November 21, 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.
Who’s Minding the Neighborhood?

December 06, 2016

The role of adult capacity in keeping young people on a path to graduation  
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.
Don’t Quit on Me

October 03, 2016

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 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.