AYPF analyzes certain federal laws to understand how they affect youth marginalized by systemic inequities and how they enable or constrain states and communities in effectively and equitably serving these youth. We educate and inform policymakers about opportunities to improve youth policy and practice by developing and disseminating resources that provide examples and guidance on doing so.
To obtain a more comprehensive view of the various policies and legislation at the center of our work, please see below:
Bills Introduced in the 117th Congress
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Information HubJune 17, 2019Read more
This information hub comprehensively spotlights a collection of AYPF and partner resources around ESSA
How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities: Considerations for StatesJanuary 9, 2018Read more
This brief examines how federal laws can promote meaningful pathways to postsecondary opportunities.
- October 24, 2019
A Cycle of Injustice: How Mass Incarceration Impacts Our Youth
As the momentum for criminal justice reform prevails, Samaura Stone writes about how youth & families are still a missing part of the conversation.
Harnessing the Potential of Young Adults (Boston, MA & East Providence, RI)
This study tour consisted of site visits & presentations from labor, child welfare & juvenile justice leaders about systems to achieve greater youth outcomes.
- October 8, 2019
Five Suggestions to Leverage Afterschool Programs to Promote College and Career Readiness
Betsy Brand stresses the importance of afterschool programs to help youth develop college and career readiness skills.
- October 8, 2019
Afterschool Programming as a Lever to Enhance and Provide Career Readiness Opportunities
This brief examines how afterschool programming can be used to prepare students for career readiness, and offers recommendations to state leaders.