Informing Youth Policy, Improving Youth Outcomes

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

  • AYPF Blog: When Your Best is Not Enough – Striving For Perfection In An Imperfect Foster Care System

    Senior Policy Associate, Samaura Stone, offers a personal glimpse of working as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in foster care.

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  • Advancing the Educational Success for At-Risk & Systems Involved Youth

    AYPF recently sponsored a three-part webinar series, Part I, Part II and Part III, focused on promoting the educational success for at-risk and systems involved youth.

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  • Alternative Education

    Housing various publications, including our newest brief: Measuring Success: Accountability for Alternative Education, this new resource page offers a deep dive into alternative education.

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  • New White Paper: Afterschool & Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment

    This white paper discusses the need for and benefits of better alignment across afterschool and workforce systems.

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What's New
  • 12 April 2018

    Effective Juvenile Justice Reforms in the Era of ESSA

    This webinar is part three of a three-part series. Click here to view part one, and click here to view part two. Partner websites Southern Poverty Law Center Juvenile Law Center Education Law Center American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law Overview This

  • 27 March 2018

    Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities

    This webinar is part two of a three-part series. Click here to view part one, and click here to view part three. Partner websites Council of State Governments Justice Center: Overview The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) aims to “provide all

  • 20 March 2018

    2018 Halperin Youth Public Service Award Essays

    This year we are pleased to feature three essays written by Santos Amaya Guevara, Harrison Rodriguez and I-Ra Abubaker. Despite facing barriers and challenges, these three young people have demonstrated the spirit of and commitment to public service. To read

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