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Negotiating the Curves toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System

This guide provides facts and statistics about youth involved in the foster care system; gives examples of states and communities that are changing policy and practices; identifies areas requiring further attention by policymakers and providers of services; and identifies resources and tools to assist cross-system collaborative efforts.

Guideposts for Success

The Guideposts for Success are what research tells us all youth, including youth with disabilities, need to succeed.

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.

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.

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.

Florida Commission for the Transportation of the Disadvantaged

We are an independent commission housed administratively within the Florida Department of Transportation.  Our mission is to ensure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons.  Please check out our various site areas, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA)

The vision of Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) is to improve outcomes for youth who have been in foster care after emancipation from the child welfare system. FCAA connects alumni with one another to advocate for policy change and the continuous improvement of foster care practices.

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.