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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.
Service-Learning After Learn and Serve America: How Five States are Moving Forward

January 15, 2014

Education Commission of the States (ECS) reports on the continuation of service- learning programs in PK-12 schools after the elimination of Learn and Serve America from the federal budget. ECS provides a set of case studies aimed to highlight policy and practice in several states where service-learning experts are designing and implementing agendas to maintain and advance statewide service-learning initiatives with no federal aid and no new state aid. ECS highlights the following states: Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future

June 10, 2013

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) model of engaging the business community has mobilized corporate leaders to support early learning programs. The CED model provides new data, strategies, developments and examples of corporate engagement to promote investment in early childhood. This model offers recommendations to CEOs about how they can promote the early childhood initiative.