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  • Individual Author: White House Council for Community Solutions
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    This toolkit takes users through four key stages to identify and define a program to provide disconnected youth with skills for employment and adulthood. During the first stage, employers take an assessment which will guide them to select one of three “lanes of engagement” (Soft Skills Development, Work Ready Skills Development, or Learn & Earn—see diagram on page 8 for definitions and examples of these lanes). The second stage takes employers through an exercise to define the scope of their company’s work with disconnected youth. The third stage guides users through a plan to build their company’s pilot program. The fourth stage sets employers up for ongoing program development and refinement so that they can transition their pilot to an ongoing program that delivers measurable value to the business and to participating youth. (author abstract)

    This toolkit takes users through four key stages to identify and define a program to provide disconnected youth with skills for employment and adulthood. During the first stage, employers take an assessment which will guide them to select one of three “lanes of engagement” (Soft Skills Development, Work Ready Skills Development, or Learn & Earn—see diagram on page 8 for definitions and examples of these lanes). The second stage takes employers through an exercise to define the scope of their company’s work with disconnected youth. The third stage guides users through a plan to build their company’s pilot program. The fourth stage sets employers up for ongoing program development and refinement so that they can transition their pilot to an ongoing program that delivers measurable value to the business and to participating youth. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Martinez, Susana
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2015

    This presentation from the 2015 NAWRS workshop describes services and case studies of Promotor Pathway, a youth development program for low income disconnected youth in the Washington, DC area.

    This presentation from the 2015 NAWRS workshop describes services and case studies of Promotor Pathway, a youth development program for low income disconnected youth in the Washington, DC area.

  • Individual Author: Sawhill, Isabel
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2015

    Fifty years ago, in 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan presciently warned that the breakdown of the family was becoming a key source of disadvantage in the African American community. He received intense criticism at the time. Yet the trends he identified have not gone away. Indeed, they have “trickled up” to encompass not just a much larger fraction of the African American community but a large swath of the white community as well. Still, the racial gaps remain large. The proportion of black children born outside marriage was 72 percent in 2012, while the white proportion was 36 percent (see “Was Moynihan Right?” features, Spring 2015, Figure 2). The effects on children of the increase in single parents is no longer much debated. They do less well in school, are less likely to graduate, and are more likely to be involved in crime, teen pregnancy, and other behaviors that make it harder to succeed in life. Not every child raised by a single parent will suffer from the experience, but, on average, a lone parent has fewer resources—both time and money—with which to raise a child....

    Fifty years ago, in 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan presciently warned that the breakdown of the family was becoming a key source of disadvantage in the African American community. He received intense criticism at the time. Yet the trends he identified have not gone away. Indeed, they have “trickled up” to encompass not just a much larger fraction of the African American community but a large swath of the white community as well. Still, the racial gaps remain large. The proportion of black children born outside marriage was 72 percent in 2012, while the white proportion was 36 percent (see “Was Moynihan Right?” features, Spring 2015, Figure 2). The effects on children of the increase in single parents is no longer much debated. They do less well in school, are less likely to graduate, and are more likely to be involved in crime, teen pregnancy, and other behaviors that make it harder to succeed in life. Not every child raised by a single parent will suffer from the experience, but, on average, a lone parent has fewer resources—both time and money—with which to raise a child. Poverty rates for single-parent families are five times those for married-parent families (see “Was Moynihan Right?” features, Spring 2015, Figure 4)...Recent research suggests that boys are indeed more affected than girls by the lack of a male role model in the family. If true, this sets the stage for a cycle of poverty in which mother-headed families produce boys who go on to father their own children outside marriage. But what does all of this have to do with education? Rates of unwed childbearing and divorce are much lower among well-educated than among less-educated women. The proportion of first births that occur outside of marriage is only 12 percent for those who are college graduates but 58 percent for everyone else. So more and better education is one clear path to reducing unwed parenthood and the growth of single parent families in the future. (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Klein, Matthew; Kelsey, Meredith; Margolis, Amy; Goldstein, Naomi; Chamberlain, Seth
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2016

    This video from the 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) reviews replication studies of evidence-based policies and programs managed by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and the Office of Adolescent Health through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. The interventions discussed include Jobs-Plus, the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, ¡Cuídate!, Reducing the Risk, and the Safer Sex Intervention.

    This video from the 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) reviews replication studies of evidence-based policies and programs managed by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and the Office of Adolescent Health through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. The interventions discussed include Jobs-Plus, the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, ¡Cuídate!, Reducing the Risk, and the Safer Sex Intervention.

  • Individual Author: Gall, Anamita; Wright, Nicole
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program funds demonstration projects that provide training and education to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is evaluating the HPOG Program using a multipronged strategy to examine program implementation, systems change, and outcomes and impacts for participants.

    The HPOG University Partnership Research Grants (HPOGUP) are part of OPRE’s comprehensive HPOG evaluation strategy and fund studies conducted by university researchers partnering with one or more HPOG program to answer specific questions about how to improve HPOG services within local contexts. In 2016, OPRE awarded a second round of HPOGUP grants (HPOGUP 2.0) to the following universities:

    • Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), conducting a study...

    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program funds demonstration projects that provide training and education to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is evaluating the HPOG Program using a multipronged strategy to examine program implementation, systems change, and outcomes and impacts for participants.

    The HPOG University Partnership Research Grants (HPOGUP) are part of OPRE’s comprehensive HPOG evaluation strategy and fund studies conducted by university researchers partnering with one or more HPOG program to answer specific questions about how to improve HPOG services within local contexts. In 2016, OPRE awarded a second round of HPOGUP grants (HPOGUP 2.0) to the following universities:

    • Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), conducting a study titled, Study of Career Advancement and Quality Jobs in Health Care in partnership with the WorkPlace, Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut;
    • Loyola University of Chicago, conducting a study titled, Evaluation of Goal-Directed Psychological Capital and Employer Coaching in Health Profession Opportunity Development in partnership with Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois;
    • Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research, conducting a study titled, The Northwestern University Two-Generation Study (NU2Gen) of Parent and Child Human Capital Advancement in partnership with the Community Action Project of Tulsa County, (CAP Tulsa) in Oklahoma. (Author introduction)

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