E-Bulletin: January 2019

E-Bulletin: January 2019


We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award. Youth are asked to apply by submitting an essay describing their commitment to and involvement in public service, as well as how public service has helped them overcome barriers and challenges they have faced. To be eligible, youth must be between the ages of 18-24, a resident of the District of Columbia, and currently enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution, a workforce development program, or an alternative education and training program.


Summer 2019 Research/Policy Intern
AYPF interns are an integral part of the team and engage in a variety of activities, including researching and analyzing data, writing fact sheets and summaries, and planning and helping to organize briefings on Capitol Hill. The application process is rolling.


In honor of National Mentoring month, we are pleased to feature our profile on Halperin Award winner Ebony Rempson and her work as a mentor for local high school students.

Video: The Power of Mentoring: Ebony Rempson
“Be the person you needed when you were younger,” is the thought that propels Ebony Rempson, 21, as she mentors her students at Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, D.C. Rempson is the winner of the second annual Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award, and her award-winning essay describes her struggle with depression, her struggle to find a purpose in life, and how mentoring youth has given her a mission.

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Pondering Policy Possibilities…Looking Ahead
By: Leslie Byford with additional contributions from AYPF staff
With the holiday season behind us, the possibilities of 2019 ahead and a new Congress in session, there is much work to be done on the federal and state level when it comes to education, youth, and workforce policy. At the end of last year, our Executive Director, Betsy Brand, offered her thoughts on the current state of education, youth, and workforce policy. While we cannot predict what Congress and state governments have in store for policy action in 2019, here are some reflections from AYPF staff on the education, youth, and workforce policy changes they are hoping to see from the new Congress as well as state leaders.


Check these out – recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

The Aspen Institute: National Commission on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development: From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope
Drawing on input from more than 200 scientists, youth and parent groups, educators, and policymakers, this report provides recommendations to implement and support the social, emotional, and academic development of all young people.

The Wallace Foundation: Investing in Evidence-­Based Social and Emotional Learning
This report provides support for educators on assessing local SEL needs and using these needs assessments to integrate SEL into school practices and improvement efforts.

Council of Chief State School Officers: A Vision and Guidance for a Diverse and Learner-Ready Teacher Workforce
This report highlights the critical need to create a racially diverse and culturally responsive teacher workforce and offers a vision of what teaching and learning experiences for teachers and students would look like when this goal is achieved. This resource also provides educational leaders with steps they can take alone and in collaboration with key state stakeholders to improve teacher diversity and cultural responsiveness in their schools.

Education Commission of the States: Career and Technical Education 
This report highlights legislation enacted in 2017 and 2018 pertaining to career and technical education.

National Skills Coalition: Better Together: How adult education/CTE collaborations benefit workers and business
This brief highlights the benefits of partnerships between adult education and CTE providers for businesses and workers.