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Career and Technical Education's Role in Dropout Prevention and Recovery (2007)
This issue brief will explore the critical role that career and technical education (CTE) plays in dropout prevention and recovery. High quality career and technical education can help more students persist in and complete high school by preparing them for the postsecondary education and training that will be critical to future economic successes; by increasing student engagement; by building positive relationships; and by providing innovative delivery methods. Includes vignettes of programs or schools in Midwest City, Oklahoma; Miami, Florida; and Cincinnati, Ohio. --Retrieved Nov. 2007
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.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations - June 2007

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures is a publication of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This report is designed for representatives of youth-serving organizations who are interested in adopting strategies to prevent child sexual abuse. Whether these strategies are developed within the context of an overall risk management plan or are addressed separately, organizations need to examine how they can protect youth from sexual abuse. 6/1/2007

Vulnerable Youth: Background and Policies (April, 2007)
This report first provides an overview of the youth population and the increasing complexity of transitioning to adulthood for all adolescents. It also provides a separate discussion of the concept of disconnectedness, as well as the protective factors youth can develop during childhood and adolescence that can mitigate poor outcomes. Further, the report describes the evolution of federal youth policy, focusing on three time periods, and provides a brief overview of current federal programs targeted at vulnerable youth. The report then discusses the challenges of coordinating federal programs for youth, as well as federal legislation and initiatives that promote coordination among federal agencies and support programs with a positive youth development focus. Order Code RL33975. Author: Adrienne L. Fernandes. April 24, 2007. Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress.
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
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