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
  • 25 July 2017

    Accountability for Alternative Education Thought Leaders’ Meeting

    Our nation has set a goal to ensure that 90 percent of our students graduate high school by 2020. Data show that alternative high schools are overrepresented in low graduation rate high schools, or schools that fail to graduate one-third

  • 18 July 2017

    Afterschool and Workforce: Bridging Systems to Serve Older Youth

    In our efforts to better prepare young people for success in postsecondary education, careers, and civic life, we must create a range of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Some communities have effectively leveraged partnerships between afterschool systems

  • 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

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