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Title: Youth Development Task Force

Youth Development Task Force
  • Disconnected Youth Project
  • January 10, 2008

Every 9 seconds in America a student becomes a
dropout. - Whatever It Takes How 12
Communities are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth,
American Youth Policy Forum
Defining the Problem Statistics for the City of
St. Louis
  • Number of youth ages 16 to 24 45,0001
  • Proportion of middle students that never make the
    transition to high school TBD
  • Proportion of students entering 9th grade that
    graduate from high school four years later 572
  • Proportion of high school graduates going on to
    post-secondary education or training 622
  • Number of young people aging out of the foster
    care system 4-6/month3
  • Juvenile Detention
  • Number of youth released from juvenile detention
    in 2007 1,0684
  • 169 were committed to DYS (as of 9/07)4
  • Approximately 300-350 children on official court
    supervision at any one time4
  • Number of dropouts from SLPS for grades 9-12
    1,667 (16.9)2

1 2006 Missouri Census Data Center 2000 US
3 Childrens Division 4 Twenty-Second Judicial
Circuit Court
2 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Reasons for Dropping Out
  • Classes are not interesting
  • Not motivated or inspired to work hard
  • Personal reasons needed a job, became a parent,
    needed to take care of parent
  • Significant academic challenges failing in
    school, poorly prepared by earlier schooling,
    required to repeat a grade
  • (Source The Silent Epidemic Perspectives of
    High School Dropouts)

Why Now Is a Good Time
  • Initiatives
  • ASAP
  • Aging Out of Foster Care
  • Truancy
  • 211
  • Other Ways to Earn a Diploma
  • ACE (SLPS)
  • Big Picture Schools (SLPS)
  • CAN! Academies
  • In it 2 Win (SLPS)
  • Missouri Options Program
  • Place-based Partnership
  • Funding and Intermediaries
  • Ready by 21 - St. Louis for Kids, Wyman Center
  • Compassion Capital Fund - St. Louis for Kids, VCR
  • NLC Technical Assistance Award
  • Civic Leadership
  • Judge Jimmie Edwards
  • Mayor Francis Slay
  • SLPS Superintendent Seeking Alternative School

  • Mayors Commission on Children, Youth and
  • Ready by 21
  • Disconnected Youth Project
  • All youth in the City of St. Louis will graduate
    from high school

Project Goals
  • Outline current conditions
  • Develop recommendations to re-engage disconnected
  • Disconnected youth are
  • Out of school, out of work, in foster care, under
    court supervision, released from juvenile
    justice, homeless/runaway and/or young mothers
  • 11 to 24 years who are already disconnected from
    a learning environment or are at-risk of dropping
  • Core group 16 to 21
  • Encourage cross-system collaboration

Whats In Place School-based Prevention
  • SLPS Adult Technical Education
  • SLPS Secondary School Technical Education
  • Clyde C. Miller and Gateway tech schools
  • HS aviation, health, culinary, etc. programs
  • SLPS Career Education K-12
  • St. Louis Internship Program
  • SLPS ACE Program

Whats In Place School-based Re-entry
  • SLPS Adult Education Literacy - GED
  • SLPS In it 2 Win - Dropout Recovery
  • CAN! Academy
  • Logos School

Whats In Place Social Services
  • Community Service Center Tutoring, Youth job
    development, Runaway/Youth Shelters
  • Diversity Awareness Partnership Youth
    development program with Edward Jones
  • Youth Emergency Service Residential Services,
    Family Focus, Youth Issues Line
  • Family Resource Center Mentoring Program for
    Parenting Teens
  • Friends with a Better Plan Community Action
    Program Youth Development
  • Girls, Inc Youth Development
  • Guardian Angel Settlement Association Youth Job
    Development with Nestle/Purina
  • Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club Youth
  • Human Development Corporation of Metropolitan St.
    Louis Youth Development
  • Intercommunity Education Association Tutoring
  • International Institute of Metropolitan St.
    Louis Youth Development
  • Center for Autism Vocational Assessment
  • Kids Under Twenty One Youth Development, Youth
    Issues Line
  • Life Skills Youth Development
  • Lutheran Family and Childrens Services of MO
    Youth Counseling, Youth Development
  • Mathews-Dickey Boys Girls Club Youth
  • Missouri Mentoring Partnership Mentoring
  • Northside Community Center Tutoring Services
  • Paraquad Youth Development
  • Peoples Health Centers Youth Development
  • Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region
    Safe Sex
  • Education, Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Productive Futures Youth Development
  • Progressive Youth Connection Mentoring
  • Youth Development
  • Project Ark Safe Sex Education
  • Provident Mentoring Programs, Teen Pregnancy
  • Prevention
  • St. Louis Caring Communities Neighborhood
  • Connections Mentoring Programs
  • St. Louis County Dept of Human Services
    Doors to
  • Success Youth Development
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church Tutoring Services
  • The Center for Recording Arts Mentoring
  • Youth Development
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Youth

Whats In Place Juvenile Justice
  • Truancy Court
  • Juvenile Transition Program (partnership with
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Payback Program

Youth Engagement
Beyond High School
Training Professional Development
Youth Development Task Force Disconnected Youth
Building a Cross-System Collaborative
Multiple Pathways
Connecting Services
Data Information Systems
Creating a Youth-Focused Community
Outcome Strategic Plan for Cross-System
Beyond High School
  • Emphasize prevention, not just re-entry
  • Emerging Recommendations
  • Expand Career and College clubs beyond middle
    school to high school and re-entering dropouts
  • Peers and Careers approach
  • Small groups, ongoing, school-based, outside
    sponsor, flexible model
  • Build on success of Adult Education and Literacy
    program in SLPS
  • Serves 7,000 students
  • Able to help 300/year earn GED despite average
    reading levels of 5th/6th grade

Connecting Services
  • Emerging Recommendations
  • Central Location
  • One-stop shop
  • Multiple access points (phone, internet, school
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Access to information
  • Access to services
  • Safe environment

Creating a Youth-Focused Community
  • Emerging Recommendations
  • School, Family, and Community Partnership
  • An environment focused on success of youth
  • Community Schools - provide wrap-around resources
  • Business Partnerships
  • Internships, summer employment and entry-level
    positions for youth

Data Information Systems
  • Emerging Recommendations
  • Take Stock Assess current conditions and needs
  • Utilize data from census and school, foster care
    and juvenile systems
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done Provide framework
  • Track progress of implemented programs and
  • Use framework to help drive local and state

Multiple Pathways
  • Identify current options for dropouts to
    re-engage in school
  • Assess best practices to identify feasible
    options for St. Louis
  • Support SLPS dropout prevention and recovery
  • Best Practices NYC Portland, OR

Best Practice New York City
  • Office of Multiple Pathways to Graduation
  • New York City Dept. of Education
  • Focus on over-age, under-credited youth
  • Established Young Adult Borough Centers, Transfer
    Schools, GED programs, Learning to Work
  • Community Education Pathways Success Initiative
  • Capacity building for community organizations to
    work with dropouts on reading/math
  • Data-driven
  • Effective use of data to improve services for

Best Practice Portland
  • Community has developed multiple education
    options for struggling students and dropouts
  • Oregon developed alternative education
  • Education Options within Portland Public Schools
  • Engagement of community-based organizations
  • Municipal efforts to re-engage dropouts
  • Funder Investment
  • Youth Transition Funders Group
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Alternative
    Pathways Project

Training Professional Development
  • Emerging Recommendation
  • Continue and expand Advancing Youth Development
    Training workshops

Youth Engagement
  • Youth Summit
  • First opportunity to engage youth
  • Incorporate more opportunities into strategic
  • Emerging Recommendation
  • Develop sustainable, long-term process for
    engaging youth in solving community problems
  • Best Practice OASIS Center model

Best Practice Nashville
  • OASIS partners with young people to help them
    overcome serious challenges that prevent them
    from transitioning into a healthy adulthood
  • Nashville Youth Opportunity Center - 21 youth
    programs under one roof

Building a Cross-System Collaborative
  • Emerging, Overarching Recommendations
  • Elevate profile of dropout issue
  • Youth Commissioner
  • Mayors Youth Advisory Council
  • Public awareness campaign
  • Engage business community
  • Engage youth, parents and broader community
  • Expand and enhance strategic educational pathways
    for non-traditional learners
  • Improve data collection, tracking, reporting and
    program evaluation

Next Steps
  • Ongoing work group meetings
  • Youth Summit January 19
  • Development of white papers
  • Mayors Summit February 9
  • Development and implementation of strategic plan

Mayors Summit
  • Saturday, February 9, 2008
  • 800 AM to Noon
  • Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, 1000 N.
    Grand, 63106
  • Register on Big Tent or sign up for Big Tent by
    visiting http//
  • Speakers
  • Mayor Francis Slay
  • Superintendent Diana Bourisaw
  • Business representative
  • Presentations by
  • National League of Cities (invited)
  • Youth Summit participants

Mayors Summit
  • Breakout Groups will match Work Groups
  • Discussion
  • Co-chairs as facilitators - Open discussion with
    synopsis of their section of the white paper
  • Co-chairs ask participants to react, given the
    current conditions
  • What are the current strengths of our community
    to address the section?
  • What are the gaps?
  • What opportunities are available that we have not
  • What changes (resources, public policy, etc.) are
  • Who else needs to be involved?
  • What 1 or 2 key actions must be taken FIRST in
    order to reach our collective goal?
  • What are your organization and/or you willing to