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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.  
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.

Beyond City Limits: Cross-System Collaboration to Reengage Disconnected Youth (2007)
This report describes how eight different cities have launched cross-system initiatives and what they have accomplished through these new collaborations. Their efforts vary greatly and involve a broad array of partners. The experience of all eight cities suggests that simply opening a dialogue about the gaps between public systems serving young people can yield major dividends, and that the benefits of collaboration become evident even when as few as two key agencies start working together. Cities profiles include Albany, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; San Diego, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Corpus Christi, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Fransisco, California; and San Jose, California.
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.
Turning It Around: A Collective Effort to Understand & Resolve Philadelphias Dropout Crisis (2006)
The Philadelphia Youth Council established the Philadelphia Youth Transitions Collaborative (the Collaborative) to lead citywide efforts on behalf of disconnected and at-risk young people. The Collaborative has prepared this report as an advocacy agenda.
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.
Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders - Program Profiles
Program 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
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