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4 e-Learning Design Practices for Reaching More Young People

By Lynda Aaron and Linda Fogarty, International Youth Foundation The United Nations started World Youth Skills Day (July 15) in 2014 to celebrate and emphasize “the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.” This year, as communities continue to rebuild and as young people prepare for their futures, […]

New guidelines: Preparing mentors in apprenticeship programs

By Stephen F Hamilton, Zach Boren, Bhavani Arabandi, & Tamar Jacoby, Urban Institute Registered Apprenticeship for young people is an earn-and-learn program for women and men in their late teens and early twenties. It combines academics with paid work experience across many sectors. An essential part of the apprenticeship experience is to be paired with […]

Every School…Safe, Supportive, Engaging, Inspiring Preparing for a new school year: We are hopeful

By Center for Supportive Schools, National Mentoring Resource Center “This work of deepening connections, of ensuring safety, and building relationships is more important now than ever before…the state of well-being for our children is at a crisis point. Schools cannot do this work alone. This is the work of CSS. Their staff, their commitment to […]

Why better data on students’ networks can start the school year off right

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute Back to school means back to building relationships. Across high school campuses this fall, the first weeks of class will be marked by new rosters, ice breakers, hopes and dreams conferences, and the like as teachers set out to get to know their students and to help students […]

Access to Higher Education: Supports for Homeless and Foster Youth

By Rachelle Robins, American Youth Policy Forum Young people experiencing homelessness and those in the child welfare system face unique challenges when it comes to education, including post-secondary education. The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education found that over 70 percent of foster youth want to obtain a college degree, but only half […]

Students’ hidden networks: Relationship mapping as a strategy to build asset-based pathways

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute Download Paper. To grow their students’ support and professional networks, schools frequently depend on hiring more staff on the margins, enlisting existing faculty and staff to take on additional responsibilities like mentoring and advising, or launching initiatives that recruit volunteers or alumni to engage in pro bono stints. […]

Study Shows a Key to Reducing Poverty: More Friendships Between Rich & Poor

By Claire Cain Miller, Josh Katz, Francesca Paris, and Aatish Bhatia, The New York Times Over the last four decades, the financial circumstances into which children have been born have increasingly determined where they have ended up as adults. But an expansive new study, based on billions of social media connections, has uncovered a powerful […]

A Reimagined Vision for Black Child and Family Well-being From National and Local Leaders

By Mavis Sanders, Child Trends Despite significant gains toward achieving the full rights and protections of citizenship, Black people in the United States face significant challenges to their well-being that stem from centuries of racial discrimination, violence, and exclusion. Statistics recounting these challenges, while necessary to understand and address the pervasive impact of systemic racism […]

Networking as a First-Generation Student Can Be Hard. Here’s How to Get Started.

By AiLun Ku and Ray Reyes, Harvard Business Review If you’re a first-generation college student, you might have heard people tell you to network for better opportunities. If you’ve rolled your eyes at that piece of advice, you’re not alone. The truth is that, for students from underrepresented backgrounds, including low-income households and BIPOC (Black, […]

Access to Quality Youth Programs and the Role They Play in Positive Youth Development

By Search Institute High-quality youth programs are a foundation for success for young people, allowing them to discover and build on their strengths and identities. They foster positive youth development in myriad ways, creating spaces where young people are known, seen, and valued. In particular, opportunities to participate in the arts, sports, and conservation activities […]