ERIC Number: ED460296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Opportunities for All Youth: Intermediary Organizations and Expanding Options. School-to-Work Intermediary Project. Issue Brief.
Spera, Vincent; Williams, Andra
The School to Work Opportunities Act of 1994 requires that all young people, including young people with disabilities and out-of-school youth, have equal opportunities to participate in the activities funded by it. Local intermediary organizations that provide a critical convening role and offer services to core education and business partners can and are accelerating and deepening connections between those school-to-work (STW) efforts and organizations in their communities that are serving specific populations of young people. The following three steps can help STW intermediaries achieve the goal of extending STW opportunities to young people with disabilities and out-of-school youth: (1) identify potential allies and partners; (2) reach out and engage allies and partners; and (3) align resources through a community collaboration that serves young people. The National Transition Alliance of Youth with Disabilities, Business Coalition for Workforce Development, and Alternative Schools Network are among the many national groups that can provide intermediaries with additional contacts, support, and information. The following programs illustrate how local communities are working to better align their efforts: (1) Communities and Schools for Career Success (located in Springfield, Massachusetts); (2) the Sonoma County, California, School-to-Career Partnership; and (3) the Marriot Foundation's program Bridges....from School to Work. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Programs, Definitions, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Educational Opportunities, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Internet, Linking Agents, Models, National Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations, Out of School Youth, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Public Policy, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; New Ways Workers National, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994; Workforce Investment Act 1998