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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
American Youth Policy Forum, 2012
States and districts are under increasing pressure to ensure all students complete high school in four years; however, many students who fall off-track on the way to graduation take longer than the traditional four years to earn a high school diploma or its equivalent. Unfortunately, those schools and districts serving overage, under-credit…
Descriptors: Accountability, Outcomes of Education, Graduation, High Schools
Pate, Austin; Lerner, Jennifer Brown; Browning, Andrea – American Youth Policy Forum, 2012
This publication is a series of in-depth case studies to examine how three programs which serve a disconnected youth population are utilizing data as a tool for continuous program improvement and ongoing accountability. The report features the following programs: (1) Roca, an organization in Massachusetts which engages the highest-risk youth in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Youth, Youth Employment
American Youth Policy Forum, 2012
If the U.S. is to increase the number of college graduates and boost our national competitiveness, we must redouble our efforts to ensure all students graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary learning and careers. This means creating comprehensive education systems that provide learning options that enable a range of pathways to…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Educational Change, Politics of Education, Graduation
American Youth Policy Forum, 2011
This paper provides a description of the youth population that is disconnected from education and the workforce and describes a set of key considerations for improving outcomes for this population. Programmatic examples that demonstrate how effective supports for youth look in practice are discussed. Three key considerations are examined: (1)…
Descriptors: Youth, Learning, Career Planning, Career Development
American Youth Policy Forum, 2011
This forum provided an overview of competency-based pathways to education and described programs that have successfully utilized these pathways to move all students to success in high school and beyond. Speakers highlighted how innovative learning environments that base student advancement upon mastery of measurable learning objectives have been…
Descriptors: Grading, Competence, Evaluation Methods, Nontraditional Education
American Youth Policy Forum, 2011
Technology is transforming education. Federal, state, and local education leaders are exploring ways in which technology can be integrated into the classroom as a means of promoting student achievement and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Online learning is one of the many technological advances that is expanding popular…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Blended Learning
American Youth Policy Forum, 2010
In the Fall of 2008, the American Youth Policy Forum hosted a series of three Capitol Hill forums showcasing the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of these forums was to educate national policymakers about the importance of: (1) improving the science and math competencies of…
Descriptors: Skilled Workers, Engineering, Youth, Technology Education
American Youth Policy Forum, 2010
This brief summarizes the lessons learned during a February 2010 AYPF study mission to North Carolina that examined how rural education systems are providing high quality instruction and improving the readiness of young people for life beyond high school. Participants learned about how federal and state policies and funding streams affect rural…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Agricultural Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education
Bowles, Anne; Brand, Betsy – American Youth Policy Forum, 2009
"Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth" identifies and describes Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) that improve academic performance, college and career preparation, social and emotional development, and health and wellness outcomes for underserved youth. The term "expanded learning…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Disadvantaged Youth, Youth Programs, After School Programs
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