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 and workforce systems to provide a broad range of learning experiences and connections to workplace skills and employment training. Yet too often, these systems operate in isolation, particularly as we consider the needs of older youth. Despite this general disconnect, innovations exist across the country in effectively leveraging afterschool as part of a collective community agenda to prepare all young people for long-term success.


ACT Skills Framework (Boston After School and Beyond):

Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework:

Ready for Work? How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning (American Institutes for Research):

Foundations for Young Adult Success (UChicago Consortium on School Research):

Employability Skills Framework (US Departments of Education/Labor):

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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