ERIC Number: ED383875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Toward a National Youth Development System. How We Can Better Serve Youth at Risk. A Report to the Secretary of Labor Based on Findings of the National Youth Employment Coalition.
National Youth Employment Coalition, Washington, DC.
The consensus of many organizations in the youth employment field is that the United States needs a bold new approach to youth employment and training. The development of a broad, national youth development strategy is recommended. The strategy should include the following: (1) a multi-year investment in a young person's development; (2) workforce preparation and training; (3) education that provides opportunities to develop and apply higher-order academic skills and critical thinking skills to real-life situations; (4) higher education to equip youth for a fast-changing and increasingly competitive world economy; (5) options and choices for youth to move through multiple jobs and developmental experiences over time; (6) individualized plans that respond to assessed needs and goals of youth; (7) opportunities for young people to interact with both peers and adults in work situations; (8) community support; and (9) accountability mechanisms that would serve as a professional development support strategy. In support of this strategy, the United States should take the following actions: convene a White House Development Summit; launch a process to develop national youth development goals; create a national professional development capacity, including the establishment of accrediting mechanisms; and conduct national demonstration programs to learn better how to help out-of-school youth join the work force. (An appendix lists the members of the National Youth Employment Coalition and provides information on the development of the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Youth Employment Coalition, Washington, DC.