ERIC Number: ED455384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Youth Councils and Comprehensive Youth Planning: A Report from Eight Communities. School-to-Work Intermediary Project. Issue Brief.
This report focuses on the potential of Workforce Investment Act Youth Councils (YCs) to become proponents of and planners for coordinated youth services and to advocate for improved outcomes for in-school and out-of-school youth, whether a person qualifies for services under the act or not. The study reviews plans and strategies of YCs in these eight communities: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cape Cod and the Islands, Massachusetts; Gloucester County, New Jersey; Kansas City, Missouri; New Haven, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Diego, California; and Sonoma County, California. Focus is on key aspects of the evolution of each of these communities' efforts to date, including the YC's mission, composition, and structure; initial planning activities, such as resource mapping; the strategy embodied in their Requests for Proposals from service providers; and variations in how these communities intend to ensure that required services are available to young people. The final section draws these conclusions: history matters; money matters; alignment of youth programming does not require centralized control of youth resources; year-round programming poses challenges of design and coverage; YCs must balance strategies for engaging employers with strategies for meeting other youth needs; and specific strategies are needed to engage school districts and keep them engaged. Appendixes include a matrix that defines options available to YCs along a continuum from narrow to comprehensive. (YLB)
Descriptors: Community Coordination, Community Programs, Community Resources, Education Work Relationship, Federal Legislation, Institutional Cooperation, Needs Assessment, Out of School Youth, Program Development, Resource Allocation, Secondary Education, Youth Employment, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; Commonwealth Corp., Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998