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Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders: Toolkit
Profiles break-the-mold juvenile justice initiatives that are reducing crime and making communities safer by facilitating youths' economic self-sufficiency. Contains three separate reports: an overview, program profiles, and policy profiles. It was created to address three objectives: identify barriers to success in juvenile justice -- both for the system and for the young people in it; survey innovative state and local policy initiatives; and showcase exemplary employment and development programs for court-involved youth.
Financing Alternative Education Pathways: Profiles and Policy
Profiles innovative practices and creative state and local policy mechanisms used to finance alternative education pathways. Highlights alternative education schools and programs that have accessed state and local education funds in Wisconsin, Oregon, Ohio, Arizona, New York, Texas, Virginia, and California; as well as one in Illinois, which focuses on challenges in establishing a charter school.  
From Data to Results: The PEPNet Guide to Measuring and Improving Performance in Youth Programs

This guide addresses the elements of measuring results, step by step, and explains how to use the collected data to improve performance. It defines technical terms and concepts, explains calculations, provides specific suggestions about what to measure and how, and includes simple exercises to help understand the materials. And it goes beyond collecting and documenting results, exploring how to analyze results, how to communicate them and how to use youth results and other program data to improve program operations.

NYEC EDNet: Second Edition

NYEC EDNet is a tool for continuous improvement for education programs and schools serving vulnerable youth. NYEC EDNet consists of detailed criteria identified as common to effective education programs and schools by a national working group of educators, practitioners, policymakers and researchers; and a comprehensive self-assessment that can assist education programs and schools improve their services and also inform policymakers, funders and the public about what works for youth. 

PEPNet Guide to Quality Standards for Youth Programs
A research- and practice-based guide to improving the quality of programs linking youth to employment and education for a successful transition to adulthood.
Communities in Schools, National Center for Dropout Prevention Release Report on Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's fifth-largest youth-serving organization and the leading dropout prevention organization, delivering resources to nearly one million students in 3,250 schools across the country. To further their network-wide commitment to evidence based practice, CIS collaborated with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University (NDPC/N) to conduct a comprehensive study of the dropout crisis in the United States.  Specifically, the intent of the study was to:

1) Identify the risk factors or conditions that significantly increase the likelihood of students dropping out of school; and

2) Identify exemplary, evidence-based programs that address the identified risk factors and conditions.

Whats a Youngster to Do? The Education and Labor Market Plight of Youth in High-Poverty Communities (Aug 2005)
By Linda Harris. Statistics show that many young adults in economically distressed communities are being left behind in educational systems and in the job market. This article highlights the magnitude of distress in selected communities and outlines a set of considerations for policy-making and action at the national and community level. Pub No. 05-40. 9 pages. August 2005. Pub No. 05-40. 9 pages. 8/19/2005
Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders - Policy Profiles
Policy profiles from Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders, commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and written by David Brown and Sarah Maxwell, National Youth Employment Coalition; Edward DeJesus, Youth Development and Research Fund, Inc., and Vincent Schiaraldi, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. (c) 2002
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.
The Fourth R: New Research Shows Which Academic Indicators Are the Best Predictors of High School Graduation--and What Interventions Can Help More Kids Graduate - Spring 2007
This report summarizes the findings of research looking at data for the Portland Public Schools Class of 2004 as it moved through high school to expected graduation in June 2004. The study was undertaken as the basis for determining how to implement support effectively to increase the number of students who graduate from high school. The research focused on learning what indicators best predict which students are at risk for failing to graduate and determining when, by year and quarter, students are most likely to disengage from school.
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