Employment & Training

At the Table: Making the Case for Youth in Decision Making

Summary of key research findings from Youth In Decision Making research study on the impacts young people have on adults and organizations when they are involved in significant decision-making roles.

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development and Leadership: Summit Report

The 2007 Blazing the Trail summit facilitated national dialogue on actions that need to be taken to improve policy and practice in the youth development and leadership field, and to ensure that youth with disabilities (including those with mental health needs), are included in opportunities available to all youth. The report details the dialogue that took place among youth with and without disabilities, state and federal policy makers, and community, state, and federal organization leaders including the important priority action steps identified by the participants.

Building a Comprehensive Youth Employment Delivery System: Examples of Effective Practice

Drawing from their experience, CLASP has identified some of the common elements of a successful youth employment services delivery system. They include: 1) A strong convening entity 2) An effective administrative agent 3) A well-trained case management arm 4) Strong partnerships across systems that serve youth 5) High quality work experience and career exposure components.

Career Planning Begins with Assessment

To successfully make the transition from school to adult life and the world of work, adolescents and young adults need guidance and encouragement from caring, supportive adults. The best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual.

Brain Works & Coping Skills for Kids

This resource is based on research on pre-teens' coping challenges during the critical transition period from elementary to middle school. A national group of educators, emotional health and teacher education experts helped to create an open-access, "virtual classroom" where 9-12 yr. olds learn about brain and behavior changes during early adolescence. This nonprofit, free resource is based on research with over 700 students in elementary grades 4-6.

Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities

Search sites like Google, social networking sites like Facebook, and micro-blogging sites like Twitter have added a new element to disability disclosure. Now it is possible to disclose disability status on the internet without even being aware of it.  The goal of this document is to provide youth suggestions on how to make informed decisions about their own disability disclosure and to manage their disclosures online. This is a supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities.

A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs (3rd Edition)

This resource guide describes readily available and inexpensive resources that support afterschool programs. Topics include management, communication, programming, community building and collaboration, and developing connections between K12 educational and afterschool programs.

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

ACT for Youth helps communities create the condiditons for young people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. At the forefront of the initiative are 12 NY state communities that work to put the principles of positive youth development into practice.

Addressing School Adjustment Problems

Addressing school adjustment problems is of widespread concern related to student mobility.

Aftercare as Afterthought: Reentry and the California Youth Authority

This paper discusses factors related to the high recidivism rates among California youth offenders as well as recommendations for reducing this rate and improving youth outcomes.