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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.
Are High School Graduation Gains Real?

October 10, 2016

Experts at the GradNation campaign – led by America’s Promise Ailliance, Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and the Alliance for Excellent Education – provide this FAQ to help explain what’s behind the increase in high school graduation rates.
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.
Authentic Youth Engagement: Youth-Adult Partnerships

January 15, 2014

Engaging young people in making plans and decisions that affect their lives reaps critical benefits throughout the transition to adulthood. This issue brief from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative explains how brain development research supports young people having authentic partnerships with adults and gives recommendations for how to create such partnerships. 
Out-of-School Time Toolkit

January 15, 2014

This toolkit is a resource for United Ways and their community partners who seek to deepen their out-of-school time efforts so that more young people have access to quality programs. Over the past three years, United Way Worldwide, with the ongoing support of jcpenney, has provided grants and technical assistance to a number of local United Ways to help them strengthen out-of-school time systems in their communities.
Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit: Planning and Implementing an Initiative to Support the Pathway to Graduation for At-Risk Students

June 10, 2013

This toolkit highlights the lessons learned from a planning process that tasked 15 local United Way “pilot sites” with bringing together schools, community organizations, families, and other stakeholders to a develop a comprehensive family engagement initiative. With support from UWW and the Harvard Family Research Project, these pilot sites adopted outcome-focused approaches with the aim of designing family engagement strategies to remove obstacles to engagement, and, ultimately, build stronger connections between families and schools.