Re-engaging Disconnected Youth Successful Polices and Interventions

Re-engaging Disconnected Youth Successful Polices and Interventions
Re-engaging Disconnected Youth Successful Polices and Interventions


The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), working with the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), planned a series of workshops and field trips to help local leaders learn more about reaching struggling students and out-of-school youth and expanding options and alternatives for high school-aged young people. This project, funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, supports the YEF Institute’s work engaging municipal leaders in building cross-system collaborations by providing hands-on professional development activities to mayors and superintendents, their staffs, and other local leaders engaged in efforts to reach young people who have dropped out of school, are out of work, or have been involved in the juvenile justice or foster care systems. This project offered local leaders an opportunity to participate in strategically designed and intensive workshops and field trips during which participants engage in substantive policy discussions with their counterparts in other cities and visit exemplary programs.

Our trip to Philadelphia included the following discussions:

  • Overview of Project U-Turn with Jenny Bogoni from Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Overview of Multiple Pathways Strategy with School District of Philadelphia and key external partners

  • Building Cross-System Engagement Strategy featuring David Brown, President, Brown Partners, David Fair, Vice President for Community Impact, United Way Southeastern Pennsylvania, Facilitator: Melissa Orner, Philadelphia Youth Network



Philadelphia Background Material


Background Material on Disconnected Youth:

Field Trip Handouts

Resources Mentioned During Our Trip:

Additional Resources


Jennifer Brown Lerner
Senior Program Associate
American Youth Policy Forum
1836 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036


A Field Trip — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 28-30, 2009


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 events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.