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.

  • New Blog Post Available

    Guest blogger Lori Strumpf, takes us on a tour of @LIKE (Linking Innovation Knowledge and Employment), a program that helps disconnected youth become college and career-ready.

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  • Upcoming Forum

    This forum will highlight best practices, policies, and makes recommendations to support foster care youth in three critical areas of need – sustainable social capital, permanency supports, and access to postsecondary opportunities. Panelists will share how policies and programs in their states have addressed these challenges and opportunities.

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  • New Brief Available

    As foster care youth “age out” of the system, they often lose valuable support systems. How can we help ensure that foster care youth are well-prepared for adult life? Our latest brief by Program Associate Erin Russ and Policy Research Assistant Garet Fryar show us how.

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  • Study Tour Resources Available

    The goal of this study tour will be to highlight Oakland, CA’s approach to coordinating various student and family supports through the creation of a district-wide community schools initiative; to learn about state level efforts in support of this work; and to identify the role civil rights partners can play in supporting this work.

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  • Study Tour Resources Available

    The goal of this study tour to Boston, MA and Providence, RI was for participants to learn about schools that promote a focus on deeper learning through personalized learning experiences that prepare students for college and career success.

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What's New
  • 9 January 2015

    Better Together: A Resource Directory for Afterschool System Builders

    “Better Together: A Resource Directory for Afterschool System Builders,” is intended to serve as a comprehensive directory that identifies over 50 organizations offering resources and tools on afterschool system building. We recognize it is difficult to know and stay on top

  • 22 December 2014

    The Forgotten Half: Pathways to Success for America’s Youth and Young Families (1988)

    This 1988 landmark report, co-authored by AYPF founder Samuel Halperin, examined the significant obstacles facing young people in the United States in terms of education, career, and family life, and how these challenges could impact the country’s future. Download Full Report

  • 16 December 2014

    From Discipline to Dialogue: Engaging Student Voice

    Overview How do opportunities for dialogue between teachers and students change school discipline? During this webinar, AYPF presented key themes from our recently published blog series, “From Discipline to Dialogue: Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline”. Co-presenters included Dr. Anne Gregory,

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