Barriers to Success

March 30, 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.
Youth, Relationships, and Career Readiness

March 01, 2017

Two new reports explore how relationships impact young people at work and in life
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.
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…
A City Platform for Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth

January 15, 2014

Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families. The National League of Cities' Council on Youth, Education, and Families developed a platform for municipal action on behalf of children, youth, and families. With NLC, America’s Promise Alliance challenged every community to take steps toward positive, significant results for children and their families. The platform encourages leaders to build on their local assets and opportunities and highlights essential "infrastructure," key functions and processes crucial to effective investments in children and families.
A Citywide Approach to Building and Sustaining Out-of-School Time Learning Opportunities

January 15, 2014

This report from the National League of Cities, discusses six action elements identified by The Wallace Foundation as essential to coordinating effective out-of-school time systems that make high-quality learning opportunities available to all children: committed leadership, a public or private coordinating entity, multi-year planning, reliable information, expanding participation, and commitment to quality.
Experience After School: Engaging Older Adults in After-School Programs

January 15, 2014

This guide explores how leagues of older Americans eager to get involved in their communities and give back might be an asset to school districts and independent after-school program providers. The authors suggest pairing districts, recreation centers, churches, libraries, and neighborhood organizations with organizations such as Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and Service Corps of Retired Executives to enhance existing after-school programs without increasing costs. Available in a free 80-page PDF.
Experience After School: Matching Older Adults’ Assets and Interests with Out-of-School Time Needs

January 15, 2014

This Experience Corps report, researched and written by Policy Studies Associates, examines the potential match between the growing resource of older adults and the growing field of afterschool programming.
The Role of Mentoring in College Access and Success

June 10, 2013

Given the urgent need to increase access to and success in college for all students, this Research to Practice brief distills and synthesizes scholarly research specifically as it pertains to the role of mentoring to promote college access and success, featuring an interview with the leadership of Philadelphia-Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar program.