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Kannam, Jessica; Weiss, Madison – American Youth Policy Forum, 2019
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with tools to strengthen accountability and ensure high-quality educational opportunities for all students, including those served in alternative schools and programs. The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) conducted a review of 38 ESSA state plans to better understand how states are…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Nontraditional Education
American Youth Policy Forum, 2018
Youth in the juvenile justice system need access to high-quality educational services and supports in order to reduce their risk of reoffending and increase their likelihood of further participation in education and the workforce. However, states have historically struggled to provide effective educational services to youth who are incarcerated.…
Descriptors: Juvenile Justice, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Federal Legislation
Deeds, Carinne; Thomas, Olivia – American Youth Policy Forum, 2018
Employers in every sector have emphasized the need for a well-rounded, highly skilled workforce. Recent survey data indicates that over 90% of business leaders think American workers are not as skilled as they need to be. 1 According to the Business Roundtable, CEOs around the country have noticed a particular gap in "employability…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Labor Force Development, Youth Programs
Gillis, Danny – American Youth Policy Forum, 2017
As states continue to grapple with the most appropriate ways to hold schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there is a lack of consensus on how alternative settings should fit into accountability systems and whether those systems should be separate from or included in accountability systems for traditional schools. The…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability, Nontraditional Education
American Youth Policy Forum, 2017
This brief is a compilation of lessons learned from the American Youth Policy Forum's (AYPF's) last two years of work focused specifically on systems-involved youth. Following a discussion about the education and workforce barriers these youth face, their outcomes, and the policies that affect them, this brief is organized into three key lessons…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Success, Barriers, Access to Education
Deeds, Carinne; DePaoli, Jennifer – American Youth Policy Forum, 2017
Discussion of alternative education is growing across the country as states and districts look for ways to better serve students whose needs are not met in traditional high school settings. Alternative settings, however, vary greatly in how they operate, whom they aim to enroll, and the methods they use to educate students. The variation of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability, Nontraditional Education
Beyer, Logan Nicole – American Youth Policy Forum, 2017
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a critical role in preparing young people for success in college, careers, and life. In general education settings, high quality SEL programs have been shown to reduce behavioral problems, improve students' sense of belonging, increase school attendance, and promote academic achievement. Recent…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Disproportionate Representation, Disabilities
Kannam, Jesse; Anand, Anu – American Youth Policy Forum, 2017
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has worked closely with stakeholders at the national, state, local, and institutional level to develop a deeper understanding of what alternative education settings do well, areas for improvement, opportunities for innovation, and issues requiring further inquiry. Collaboration with these stakeholders, as…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Nontraditional Education, Stakeholders, Partnerships in Education
Brand, Betsy; Kannam, Jessica – American Youth Policy Forum, 2017
A high school diploma is no longer enough to get by in the current job market, and high-level knowledge, skills, and abilities are crucial to success especially in the fields of and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Afterschool programs are a critical component and lever to better prepare our youth for college and careers,…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Youth Programs, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Lerner, Jennifer Brown; Tomasello, Jenna; Brand, Betsy; Knowles, George – American Youth Policy Forum, 2016
Afterschool and competency-based learning are increasingly emerging as student-centered, supportive learning models to prepare students for college and career. This white paper explores the intersection and relationship between these two fields, recommends ideal policy environments for implementing successful programs, provides real-world…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Competency Based Education, Educational Trends, Educational Policy
American Youth Policy Forum, 2015
Pathways to Postsecondary Opportunities are the range of options created across education institutions, training providers, and community-­based organizations so that each and every young person can access the necessary and personally relevant credentials, skills, and training beyond the completion of a secondary credential that will propel…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Postsecondary Education, Education, Job Skills
American Youth Policy Forum, 2015
Each young person must navigate his/her own pathway into and through postsecondary education and the workforce to long-term success personalized to his/her own unique needs and desires. The pathway to long-term success is often articulated as a straight road through K-12 education into postsecondary education (either academic or technical…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Barriers, Access to Education, Stakeholders
American Youth Policy Forum, 2015
Out of 38.9 million Americans who fall into the 16-24 age range, approximately 6.7 million are Opportunity Youth--youth neither in school nor working--who face more pronounced barriers to success. This report shows how programs and policies in two states, Connecticut and Michigan, are responding to the need for postsecondary pathways, especially…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, At Risk Persons, Postsecondary Education, Access to Education
American Youth Policy Forum, 2014
With support from The Wallace Foundation, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has been coordinating a number of learning experiences for cities aimed at increasing opportunities to share best practices and providing access to best practices and national trends. Initially, 57 cities convened in Baltimore, Maryland in February 2013 for the…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Best Practices, Youth Programs, Educational Resources
Russ, Erin; Fryar, Garet – American Youth Policy Forum, 2014
What happens to youth in foster care when they turn 18? Many face unprecedented challenges like homelessness, lack of financial resources, difficulty accessing educational opportunities, and unemployment. In this issue brief, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) document these challenges and opportunities in three distinct yet overlapping areas…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Transitional Programs, Barriers, Social Capital
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