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New Growth in Stumptown: Young Portlanders Face Twenty-First Century Challenges - Spring 2007
This report, published by Connected By 25, identifies challenged facing Portland, especially for those under age 25, in light of the growing population that is increasingly divided by race and class, a shifting economy, and the fact that young Portlanders need more support to succeed. This report addresses several myths about the realities of young Portlanders and how to connect them to successful futures. Authored by John Tapogna, Sharon Bernstein, and Lois Leveen.
Online Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice
The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) hosts this multidisciplinary applied research and practice online journal  focused on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22). This refereed journal will feature original research, best practices in youth development programming, innovative research and evaluation methods and strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development researchers and practitioners.
Too Big To Be Seen: The Invisible Dropout Crisis in Boston and America (May, 2006)
This report serves as both a primer on the dropout issue and a roadmap for the work needed to do as a community. Boston, under the decade-long leadership of Superintendent Thomas W. Payzant, has achieved well documented success in improving the quality of its public school education and outcomes for its graduates. How can Boston do for its struggling students and dropouts what it has begun to do for its graduates? This report captures the first year of a two-year strategic assessment of the dropout problem in Boston, with the express purpose of mapping a set of answers to that question.
Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth (2006)
"Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-Of-School Youth" documents what committed educators, policymakers, and community leaders across the country are doing to reconnect out-of-school youth to the social and economic mainstream. It provides background on the serious high school dropout problem and describes in-depth what twelve communities are doing to reconnect dropouts to education and employment training. It also includes descriptions of major national program models serving out-of-school youth. Case Studies include: Montgomery County (Dayton), Ohio; Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky; Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California; Trenton, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; Pima County (Tucson), Arizona; Camden, New Jersey; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Published by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), 2006.
GAO Report Substantial Funds Are Used for Training, but Little Is Known Nationally about Training Outcomes - June 2005

GAO Report Examines the Use of WIA Funds to Support Training Activities. 06/1/2005

GAO Report: Labor Should Consider Alternative Approaches to Implement New Performance and Reporting Requirements - May 2005
GAO Report Asserts that Labor Should Consider Alternative Approaches to Implement New Performance and Reporting Requirements (5/05)
GAO Report: Labor Actions Can Help States Improve Quality of Performance Outcome Data and Delivery of Youth Services - Feb. 2004
GAO Issues Report on WIA Youth Services "Labor Actions Can Help States Improve Quality of Performance Outcome Data and Delivery of Youth Services"  (02/04) 
Stronger Schools, Stronger Cities (2004)
A 30-month Municipal Leadership in Education (MLE) project was launched in June 2001 with financial support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The MLE project set out to support and assist local communities and to illustrate the leadership roles that mayors and council members can play  and are playing  to promote and support school improvement. The project also sought to identify promising practices in municipal leadership and school improvement, while developing a range of tools and resources for mayors and council members who are interested in strengthening K-12 education.
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Serving Youth with Disabilities Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998: The Basics (9/03)
Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in Successful Futures for Foster Youth (2003)
This investment plan calls for government, foundations, community organizations, and individuals to mobilize their energy and resources with a greater focus on the future of foster youth and those aging out of foster care. This plan outlines five strategies aimed at helping foster youth to achieve economic success, which is a critical building block for future success in a number of fundamental aspects of adult life, including housing, family stability, safety, health, and social well-being.
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