State and local policymakers

School Dropout Prevention: A Civil Rights and Public Health Imperative

As the true dropout figures emerge across the nation, the crisis nature of the problem is apparent. Recent reports indicate that more than half a million young people drop out of high school each year, and the rate at which they drop out has remained about the same for the last 30 years (Dynarski, et al., 2008). The data confirm that in far too many school districts a majority of students do not have sufficient supports to enable them to succeed at school and will not graduate.

School Attendance Problems: Are Current Policies & Practices Going in the Right Direction?

Reducing school absences is one of the most challenging matters facing schools. In addressing the problem, it is important to begin by exploring two questions: What factors lead to student absences? How can schools more effectively address the problem? This brief provides a quick overview of issues related to school attendance problems and then frames directions for policy and practice. 

Mobilizing a Cross-Sector Collaborative for Systemic Change

This report details the major phases of Project U-Turn, a cross-sector collaborative in Philadelphia focusing on reducing dropouts and improving youth outcomes.

Making the Juvenile Justice-Workforce System Connection for Re-Entering Young Offenders

This guidebook is designed to provide advice from the field to communities interested in pursuing more formal connections, or strengthening existing connections, between the workforce and justice systems. It focuses on specific challenges and how selected communities addressed them. The information was gathered via two surveys and site visits.

Notes on Transition Planning for College

All students can benefit from well-designed transition planning for college. With specific reference to those students identified for special education, middle and high schools have a responsibility under IDEA to focus on a range of transition interventions.

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career Focused Mentoring

This guide is intended for individuals designing mentoring programs for youth, including youth with disabilities, in the transition phase to adulthood.Mentoring is recognized as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. Despite all of the information available on mentoring, there is very little about mentoring youth with disabilities or about career-focused mentoring of older youth.

One Million Acts Of Kindness

One Million Acts Of Kindness is a grassroots mission which teaches students the importance of having an individual ,lifetime goal of kindness. Each child performing and wanting kindness for everyone they interact with every day of their lives. One Million Acts Of Kindness Week is an annual event which is always begins the second Monday in February for 7 days. One Million Acts Of Kindness Certificates are on the homepage of the website. They are an inspiration for every child to remind them that they have taken a lifetime pledge of kindness.

Is Your Organization Supporting Meaningful Youth Participation in Collaborative Team Planning

Does your organization support meaningful youth participation in collaborative team planning? This 14-itemSelf-Assessment Quiz can help you identify your organization's strengths regarding youth participation, as well as areas in which you can do more.

Involving Youth in Planning for their Education, Treatment, & Services Research...

This document summarizes research on the benefits of involving youth meaningfully in planning for their own treatment and care.

Making the Right Turn: A Guide about Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Corrections System

This Guide provides professionals with well-researched and documented facts, offers evidence-based research, highlights promising practices, and provides the Guideposts for Success for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System, in addition to pointing out areas requiring further attention by policymakers and identifying promising practices.