Bridging Youth Policy, Practice, and Research

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.

  • Foster, Juvenile, & Crossover Youth

    AYPF’s newest resource hub shares key information on challenges and opportunities for systems-involved youth.

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  • AYPF Webinar: Pathways to Long-Term Success

    This webinar explores critical elements at the intersection of policy and practice for supporting systems-involved youth on a pathway to long-term success.

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  • AYPF Video

    These are the stories of several first-generation college students and graduates, and this video explores their challenges, sources of support, and recommendations for policymakers. With a third of all incoming college freshmen being first-generation, telling their stories and informing stakeholders is more important than ever.

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  • New Blog Post: Walk A Mile In My Shoes

    Executive Director Betsy Brand shares reflections and innovative practices from AYPF’s recent study tour focused on equity.

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What's New
  • 26 June 2017

    Aligning Systems and Policies to Support Multiple Postsecondary Pathways

    Overview As our education system works to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century workforce, a lack of coordination across policies and insufficient cross-sector alignment has resulted in a disconnect between our education and workforce systems. According to

  • 6 June 2017

    Promoting Pathways to Long-Term Success for Systems-Involved Youth

    Overview Young people involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems often face significant challenges to long-term success. Systems-involved youth may struggle with an array of education and workforce barriers that hinder their path to postsecondary opportunities and a

  • 16 May 2017

    Foster, Juvenile Justice, and Crossover Youth

    Young people involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems often face significant challenges as they transition to college and career. This resource, which draws upon national, state, and local research and data, provides snapshots of the education and

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