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 new piece of research examines the long-term outcomes of foster youth who had, or did not have, a natural mentor in their lives as adolescents. Drawing from data in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the authors find that foster youth who had mentors had more positive outcomes in a number of key areas as adults, including health and educational success. Although centered around naturally-formed mentoring relationships, this research indicates that close non-parent adult mentoring relationships may be a key strategy for supporting foster youth as they age into adulthood.
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.