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ERIC Number: EJ791689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Supporting Older Youth: What's Policy Got to Do with It?
Yohalem, Nicole; Wilson-Ahlstrom, Alicia; Ferber, Thaddeus; Gaines, Elizabeth
New Directions for Youth Development, n111 p117-129 Fall 2006
With the education spotlight shifting to secondary schools and conversations about dropout rates, high school redesign, and workforce readiness taking place in government agencies, schools, universities, businesses, and foundations across the country, teenagers have become a focus of serious policy discussion. It is imperative that the evolving conversation not simply consider school reform or the challenges presented by teens' nonschool hours. The good news is that pockets of innovation are developing in districts, communities, and states across the country as ambitious public and private agencies and creative individuals push the envelope in terms of where, when, and how teens learn and develop. Noteworthy policy examples are emerging at the administrative/regulatory and legislative levels, informing the design and implementation of services as well as broader policy initiatives and mandates. This article begins at the service delivery level, highlighting specific policy innovations related to teens' involvement in out-of-school-time activities. The authors then broaden their lens to look at three principles they believe can help ensure that youth policy supports the full range of older youth's developmental, social, and economic needs. (Contains 18 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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IES Cited: ED565615