E-Bulletin: December 2018

E-Bulletin: December 2018

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As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. This year has been filled with much to celebrate as we not only commemorated our 25th anniversary, but also launched our new and improved website. From all of us here at AYPF we wish you all a safe and festive holiday season!


On-Demand Webinar: How a Year of Service Prepares Young Adults for the Workforce (Wednesday, November 14, 2018)
While rarely recognized as such, service years are a form of talent development well-suited to young adults — a kind of “civic apprenticeship” that combines work-based learning and career development with a motivating social purpose. This webinar examined the role of national service programs in supporting workforce development.

On-Demand Webinar: How National Service Can Advance the Mission, Goals, and Capacity of Nonprofits (Tuesday, December 11, 2018)
National service programs provide the perfect means to build the organizational capacity of a nonprofit by providing access to committed, talented young adults who have been equipped with the tools and skills needed to take root in the organizations that they serve. This webinar highlighted how service year programs at nonprofits can strengthen an organization’s ability to reach its goals and fulfill its mission over time.


Publication: Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment

Publication: Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities

Webinar: Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities

Webinar: Bridging the Gap Between Afterschool and Workforce

Webinar: Trends and Opportunities in Accountability for Alternative Education

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Looking Back, Looking Forward
By: Betsy Brand
The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and as AYPF’s 25th year ends, I have been reflecting even more on our work and the education, youth, and workforce policy environment. What has changed and what hasn’t changed over those 25 years? Are things better or worse for youth? What can we point to as “wins?” What does this signify for the future?….I’m disappointed that there are still so many young people who are disconnected from education, the workforce, and society and that so much inequity exists across groups of these young people.

From Foster Care to College: An Uphill Battle
By: Madeline Donley

5 Ways to Better Serve Traditionally Underserved Youth
By: Jenna Tomasello

Strengthening the Pipeline between High School and College
By: Samaura Stone

The Current State of the US Higher Education System
By: Rebecca Lavinson

How Do We Get to Equity: Reflections on Systemic Change
By: Jesse Kannam


Check these out – top 6 recommended readings of 2018 from the AYPF staff:

Advance CTE: Making Good on the Promise: Understanding the Equity Challenge in CTE 
This brief addresses the negative aspects of CTE’s legacy and defines the key challenges learners face today.

The Aspen Institute: National Commission on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development: Building Partnerships: In Support of Where, When, and How Learning Happens
This brief focuses on the critical role youth development organizations play in young people’s growth and development.

CompetencyWorks & iNACOL: Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems 
This report uses logic model frameworks to convey relationships between essential levers (outcomes, drivers and mediating factors) that inform the design of competency-based education systems and critical components of competency-based practice at four interdependent levels (student experience, professional practice of educators, district and school systems, and culture).

Learning Policy Institute: Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap 
This report provides information on which states, under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), are committed to using one or more of the following five measures (or “indicators”) to identify sources of inequity and the appropriate intervention and support needed: suspension rates; school climate; chronic absenteeism; extended-year graduation rate; and access to a college- and career-ready curricula.

Office of Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow 2018 Playbook
The Think, Act, Grow (TAG) Playbook is a comprehensive guide that provides a framework for taking action to promote adolescent health. The Playbook has sections for professionals from different sectors, including resources and action steps built on updated research findings, best practices, and experience from previous initiatives.

The Wallace Foundation: Kernels of Practice for SEL: Low-Cost, Low-Burden Strategies
This brief examines how “kernels” or concentrated strategies that target a specific behavior could be taught quickly in various settings to maximize the impact of social and emotional learning.