State and local policymakers

Guideposts for Employer Success

The Guideposts for Employer Success are organized with the explicit purpose of helping workforce development policy makers and program providers reduce identified barriers. There are two categories within the framework. The first focuses on what system designers (state and local) need to do. The second looks at what individual programs which include a wide array of education and training institutions such as community rehabilitation centers, secondary and post secondary institutions, apprenticeship programs, and One-Stop Centers need to do.

Grade Retention: What's the Prevailing Policy and What Needs to be Done?

This is a long-standing problem in our"age-graded" school system. And, it continues to be one of the most contentious issues in public education. Neither grade retention nor social promotion are recipes for narrowing the achievement gap or reducing dropouts. It is time for policy that doesn't "wait for failure;" it's time for a policy that doesn't react in ways that end up being more punitive than corrective. 

Gradnd Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report

This report is a multi-year trend analysis of juvenile offenses in the City of Grand Rapids based on police reports for 2006, 2007, 2008,2009. The number of offenses dropped by 25%.

Grand Rapids Youth Master Plan

 This report is the result of a two year process of community stakeholders to develop a comprehensive framework of indicators and outcomes for children age 0-21 in the City of Grand Rapids.

Giving Homeless Youth a Voice

The National Network for Youth has been serving the youth of America for more than 30 years by championing the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth. We do this through advocacy, innovation and services. Our reach is extended through our member organizations, allowing us to be in numerous communities throughout the country as we create a neighborhood of support for the next generation.

Government Innovators Network at Havard Kennedy School

This portal is produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. Browse or search to access news, documents, descriptions of award-winning programs, and information on events in your area related to innovation.

Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children's Mental Health: Youth empowerment and participation in mental health care. 23(2), Summer 2009

This issue of Focal Point highlights a number of successful and innovative efforts to promote youth voice and youth empowerment. Many of the articles are authored by or include contributions from youth who are directly involved in the featured programs

Forever Family

Forever Family produces mini documentaries and negotiates free media time on major broadcast stations. We produce these stories about children in foster care and about foster care to air within television newscasts. These stories are crafted to engage the public and mobilize local media talent both on-air and in community-wide promotions.  

Engaging Older Youth

Middle- and high-school students stand to benefit from strong after-school and other out-of-school time (OST) programs.  However, it is much tougher to recruit older than younger youth and make sure they participate in OST activities regularly. This study looks at almost 200 programs serving mostly disadvantaged young people in six cities that are building systems of out-of-school time programs.   The researchers find that high retention programs have five key characteristics.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Character Education Program

The modules are designed to promote social responsibility and good character development to help students incorporate values necessary for high achievement by providing professional development to K-5 teachers, administrators and community leaders.  The lessons and DVDs foster students' skills in managing interpersonal conflict and give students practical methods for diffusing conflicts before they escalate into violence.