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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.
Building Blocks of a GradNation: Assets for Keeping Young People in School

September 19, 2015

Much has been written about how to prevent students from leaving high school before graduating, and which life experiences or risk factors
Transforming East Lake: Systematic Intentionality in Atlanta

March 31, 2014

The East Lake community in Atlanta faced high rates of violence and unemployment and low graduation rates. Now, more than 20 years after its decline, the neighborhood — and life for its young people — has dramatically improved. 
Navigating and Negotiating Pathways for Success: Capturing the Life Experiences of Urban Youth and Their Caregivers

January 20, 2014

This work is part of a larger study by the Center for Promise of how communities come together to support young people, and how young people and their families navigate and negotiate those communities to succeed academically and vocationally, and engage civically. For this study, the Center for Promise conducted two rounds of in-depth interviews, approximately six months apart, with 47 pairs of caregivers and youth in four urban communities in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The questions explored the ways that youth and their families navigate and negotiate their communities to…
No More Islands: Family Involvement in 27 School and Youth Programs

June 10, 2013

In this report, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) asserts that young people should not be treated as “islands” by school and youth programs, separate from the context of their families and neighborhoods. AYPF finds that too often youth are treated as separate entities by education and youth-serving practitioners, while program strategies devised to serve their clients often read like a litany of family-based solutions.
Success at Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond

June 10, 2013

This report, released by the American Youth Policy Forum describes programs that have been proven to help young people successfully complete high school and be prepared for success in postsecondary education and careers. These programs represent a wide range of interventions, including school-wide reform initiatives, community-based afterschool services, work-based learning opportunities, and college access programs.