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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.
Building Effective Youth Councils

January 15, 2014

Produced by the Forum for Youth Investment in collaboration with NLC’s YEF Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures, this report highlights six key tasks for creating effective youth councils, examples of strong municipal youth councils, and sample city ordinances, applications, bylaws, release forms, research, and other resources. The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils.
Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

January 15, 2014

Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range issues. The principles described in this paper emerged from the commingling of research and practice that occurred when the Forum for Youth Investment merged with Community IMPACT! USA. They are important but simple principles for putting the idea of youth engagement into practice.
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.