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Title: Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth In cooperation with Council of the Great City Schools National Association of Secondary School Principals National Conference of State Legislatures National League of


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Whatever It Takes How Twelve Communities Are
Reconnecting Out-of-School YouthIn cooperation
withCouncil of the Great City SchoolsNational
Association of Secondary School
PrincipalsNational Conference of State
LegislaturesNational League of CitiesNational
School Boards Association

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Central Question
  • What can be done to reconnect our young people
    to opportunities for building useful lives in
    work, family, and citizenship?

3
Case Studies of Communities
  • A sampling, illustrating various modes of
    reconnecting out-of-school youth to education,
    employment, and civic participation
  • A practical resource
  • Not a survey

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12 Communities
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Montgomery County (Dayton), Ohio
  • Oakland, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pima County (Tucson), Arizona
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Trenton, New Jersey

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National Program Models
  • Job Corps
  • Jobs for Americas Graduates
  • National Guard Youth ChalleNGe
  • Opportunities Industrialization Centers
  • YouthBuild
  • Youth Service and Conservation Corps
  • Youth Opportunity Grant Program

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Dropout Recovery Efforts Are Varied
  • Exist at the program, district, city, county,
    state, and national level
  • Assist with GED preparation, high school and
    associates degree completion, and employment
    preparation
  • Offered by school districts, CBOs, community
    colleges, and private companies
  • Include actual programs, as well as policy
    initiatives encouraging such programming

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Program Characteristics
  • Open-Entry/Open-Exit
  • Flexible Scheduling and Year-round Learning
  • Teachers As Coaches, Facilitators and Crew
    Leaders
  • Real-World, Career-Oriented Curricula

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Program Characteristics
  • Opportunities for Employment
  • Clear Codes of Conduct with Consistent
    Enforcement
  • Extensive Support Services
  • A Portfolio of Options for a Varied Group

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Successful Efforts
  • In Portland, OR, Portland Community College is
    offering former OSY the opportunity to complete
    high school and an associates degree or
    significant college credit.
  • In Montgomery County, OH, The Out-of-School Youth
    Initiative has reduced the dropout rate
    dramatically by targeting programming to 16-24
    year-olds without a high school diploma.
  • In Philadelphia, the Reintegration Initiative
    puts programs and supports in place to prevent
    young people exiting the juvenile justice system
    from reoffending.
  • YouthBuild programs across the country are
    helping young people obtain a GED or high school
    diploma while learning work skills by building
    affordable housing.

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The varied programs and policies described
in this report are possible for any community to
implement. The nation has more than enough
models and know-how to be able to reclaim
Americas dropouts.

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The varied programs and policies described
in this report are possible for any community to
implement. The nation has more than enough
models and know-how to be able to reclaim many
more of Americas dropouts.
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