ERIC Number: ED385696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Toward a Seamless System for Youth Development: A New Strategy for Integrating Resources, Programs, and Institutions.
Gruber, David A.
This report explores the potential for and obstacles to comprehensive community-level approaches to preparing young people for occupational and academic advancement. Chapter I introduces the New Workforce strategy based on a pathways design and a community framework and strategic plan. Chapter II includes the following: overview of the shaping of the current system; the key institutions and programs that educate, train, and prepare young people for adulthood; reasons for the failures of the current system; and the potential for development of a systematic school-to-work transition strategy. Chapter III describes New Workforce and the early planning and implementation in San Diego and Minneapolis. Chapter IV explores the experiences of institutions in these two cities to determine the extent to which the model has promoted changes in general perspective, patterns of programming, and resource allocation among schools, postsecondary institutions, the employment and training system, and employers. It draws lessons from this experience that should be useful for program planners, administrators, and practitioners. Chapter V recommends that federal actions should include advocacy, redirection of funding, regulatory reform, and capacity building and state actions should include a state strategy, redirection of existing resources, and capacity building. Appendixes include an overview of key elements of the existing system, and local documentation. Contains 35 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Development, Change Strategies, Community Cooperation, Community Coordination, Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Education Work Relationship, Models, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs
Jobs for the Future, 1 Bowdoin Square, Boston, MA 02114 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.