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Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: Strategies that Make a Difference in Youth Workforce

Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: Strategies that Make a Difference in Youth Workforce Development Kisha Bird, Director, Youth Policy, CLASP 2017 Youth Summit 2017 Connecticut Department of Labor

Who You Were When You Were A Teenager? What Did You Do? What Were

Who You Were When You Were A Teenager? What Did You Do? What Were Your Challenges? Who Supported You? www. clasp. org

Key Points • • Who Are Opportunity Youth? What Is Our Challenge? Getting to

Key Points • • Who Are Opportunity Youth? What Is Our Challenge? Getting to Solutions: We Know What Works Your Charge! www. clasp. org

Who Are Opportunity Youth? • • Out-of-School Youth/Disconnected Youth - Teenagers and young adults

Who Are Opportunity Youth? • • Out-of-School Youth/Disconnected Youth - Teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. Opportunity Youth - Those of us who have spent time out-of-school and outof-work, formerly called “at-risk” or “disconnected” youth, appreciate the new language that names us “opportunity youth. ” It accurately reflects the twin facts that we are seeking opportunity and we offer a major opportunity to our nation if it will invest in us and our peers. www. clasp. org

Definitions: Out-of-School Youth in Federal Statute WIOA The term‘ ‘out-of-school youth’’ means an individual

Definitions: Out-of-School Youth in Federal Statute WIOA The term‘ ‘out-of-school youth’’ means an individual who is— (i) not attending any school (as defined under State law); (ii) not younger than age 16 or older than age 24; and (iii) one or more of the following: (I) A school dropout. (II) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. (III) A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is— (aa) basic skills deficient; or (bb) an English language learner. (IV) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system. (V) A homeless individual, child or youth who is a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, or in an out-of-home placement. (VI) An individual who is pregnant or parenting. (VII) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VIII) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment. www. clasp. org

Opportunity Youth & Toxic Stress • • • • Gang involvement Drug use Incarceration

Opportunity Youth & Toxic Stress • • • • Gang involvement Drug use Incarceration Death of a loved one Being a regular caregiver Foster youth Not participating in afterschool activities Suspended or expelled Lack of preparation for HS Enduring abuse Experienced homelessness Changing residence frequently Changing schools frequently America’s Promise Alliance www. clasp. org 6

Youth Disconnection Rates www. clasp. org

Youth Disconnection Rates www. clasp. org

Who Youth and Young Adults Are Today Opportunity Youth • 4. 9 million young

Who Youth and Young Adults Are Today Opportunity Youth • 4. 9 million young adults Ages of 16 and 24 • 12. 3 percent of American youth, about one in eight • 20. 3 percent in rural counties, much higher than the rate for counties in urban centers 14. 2 percent www. clasp. org 8

How do we work together to solve this crisis? • Ask young people what

How do we work together to solve this crisis? • Ask young people what they need and want • Recognize and address toxic stress • Develop programs, but more importantly assess and change how policies, systems, agencies work § Use data, learn from others § Understand what is a federal, state, or local policy barrier • Local leadership must be on the front lines, mayors, city council, agency leads, advocates, employers and nonprofit leaders • Invest in a wide range of employment and workforce development opportunities www. clasp. org

HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS? WHAT DO YOU THINK? www.

HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS? WHAT DO YOU THINK? www. clasp. org

We Know What Works 1. State Policy Leadership and Investment 2. Focus on Building

We Know What Works 1. State Policy Leadership and Investment 2. Focus on Building Local/Regional Systems 3. Think Youth Pathways and Long-Term Goals 4. Youth Development, Skill Development, Service, Career Pathways and Leadership Development 5. Youth Engagement/Youth Voice www. clasp. org

Components of a Comprehensive OSY Delivery System Convening Entity Administrative Agent Navigation/Case Management Partnerships

Components of a Comprehensive OSY Delivery System Convening Entity Administrative Agent Navigation/Case Management Partnerships Across Systems/Sectors Work Experience & Exposure Dropout Recovery System Youth Leadership Capacity Building for Providers www. clasp. org

Career Pathways System Elements 2. Multiple entry points – for both well-prepared students and

Career Pathways System Elements 2. Multiple entry points – for both well-prepared students and targeted populations , po stse syst conda ry em high or C school TE g sin a e r Inc e dg i r b 1. Well-connected and transparent education, training, credentials, and support services (s) e. g ren. , tice app ship ed by oyers m r o f ls in stry/empl a i t n e indu cred d n a ies, c n ete p e. g. m o , 4 -y c , e s d l e l gree ar e. g. ski , 2 - e. g civil. , milita ian wor ry or kpla ce e. g. , or w adult e d orkf orce ucation syst em e. g. e indu. g. , lice ns stry cred e, enti a , ce rt dipl ificate , oma l in t ob 1 s J eer Car h Pat deg year ree in d ob 2 n J eer Car Path in d ob 3 r J er Care Path b in h Nt Jo r e Care Path 3. Multiple exit points

High Quality Work Experiences: There is no silver bullet! Now, Soon and Future Jobs…

High Quality Work Experiences: There is no silver bullet! Now, Soon and Future Jobs… Transiti onal jobs Summ er Jobs Occup ational Trainin g Entrepr eneurs hip www. clasp. org Interns hips Preapprent iceship s Career Explora tion

Dropout Recovery Strategies • Credit recovery • Reengagement centers • Integrated education and training

Dropout Recovery Strategies • Credit recovery • Reengagement centers • Integrated education and training • Dual enrollment www. clasp. org

Social-Emotional and Work Supports Child Care Financial Capability Transportation Social. Emotional & Work Supports

Social-Emotional and Work Supports Child Care Financial Capability Transportation Social. Emotional & Work Supports Health Services Housing Mental Health www. clasp. org 16

Out of School Youth Systems Chart Community “Street” Recruitment Pre Screened Court Referral FEC

Out of School Youth Systems Chart Community “Street” Recruitment Pre Screened Court Referral FEC Orientation Career Pathway Reinforcement (CPR) Quality referral to partner/ mandate of enhanced completion Review Program Is the Client Ready and Committed to Program. Admissions Committee YES / NO Career Exploration Job Advocacy / Job Placement Career Assessment Career Plan Development Explore jobs in the region and pay levels Determine what career is compatible to interests and skills Develop Career Action Plan Youth Development Service Learning Mentoring Customer Service Skill Development Participant Council (PC) Alumni Club Legal Service Face Forward Only FEC Job Advocacy / Job Placement GED or High School Diploma if a Dropout Classroom Training (CRT) Internships/ Work Experience OJT/ Combination of Training Full Employment Council, Kansas City

Funding and Policy Choices Can Make a Difference Expand tailor services to the needs

Funding and Policy Choices Can Make a Difference Expand tailor services to the needs of low-income opportunity youth– can include justice-involved and foster youth Improve cross-systems funding, coordination and implementation of services with state local workforce/education/justice systems Think about financing strategies. Employers, leveraging higher education funding, SNAP Employment & Training (Beyond WIOA) www. clasp. org

Contact Info: Kisha Bird Director, Youth Policy Project Director, Campaign for Youth CLASP www.

Contact Info: Kisha Bird Director, Youth Policy Project Director, Campaign for Youth CLASP www. clasp. org p (202) 906 -8020 [email protected] org Twitter: @CLASPKisha www. clasp. org