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Opportunity Youth Playbook Companion: Organizations and Resources that Cut Across the Milestones

Below are resources and organizations related to this section of the Opportunity Youth Playbook.

Tools and Resources

·       Adding It Up: A Guide for Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth & Families (Forum for Youth Investment)

·       Advancing Racial Equity and Transforming Government: A Resource Guide to Put Ideas into Action (Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

·       Bridge to Reconnection: A Plan for Reconnecting One Million Opportunity Youth Each Year (Civic Enterprises)

·       Building Effective Youth Councils: a Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy

·       Building Place-Based Initiative for Boys and Men of Color and Vulnerable Populations: A Community Planning Guide (Policy Link)

·       Constructing a Racial Equity Theory Of Change: A Practical Guide for Designing Strategies to Close Chronic Racial Outcome Gaps (Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change)

·       Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Center (Independent Sector)

·       Disproportionality Diagnostic Tool (The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators)

·       Elements of Success Issue 1: Structural Options - State Children's Cabinets and Councils (Forum for Youth Investment)

·       Interactive Map of Federal Place-based Initiatives and Investments (White House)

·       Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Men of Color (Forward Change Consulting)

·       National Roadmap for Opportunity Youth (Civic Enterprises)

·       Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A Road Map for Investment in the Nation’s Talent Pipeline  (Campaign for Youth)

·       Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) Online Hub (Forum for Youth Investment)

·       Racial Equity Tools (Center for Assessment and Policy Development, MP Associates and World Trust Educational Services)

·       Race to Equity Toolkit for Conversation (YMCA of Madison)

·       Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity (Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

·       Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities messaging guide (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Reports and Research

·       Achieving Authentic Youth Engagement: Core Values & Guiding Principles (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities)

·       Annual State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2015  (Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity)

·       Boys and Young Men of Color National Youth Table Statement (National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color)

·       Connecting Youth & Strengthening Communities (Measure of American and Opportunity Nation)

·       Don’t Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School before Graduation (GradNation)

·       Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships (GradNation)

·       Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage, and High-Return Opportunities for Change (White House)

·       Equity and Collective Impact Series (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

·       Measure of America's Youth Disconnection Reports: Zeroing in on Place and Race, Halve the Gap by 2030 and One in Seven (Measure of America)

·       My Brother’s Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President (My Brother’s Keeper Federal Task Force) 

·       My Brother's Keeper 2016 Progress Report Two Years of Expanding Opportunity and Creating Pathways to Success (My Brother’s Keeper) 

·       Opportunity Since 1970: A Historical Report (Measure of American and Opportunity Nation)

·       Recommendations to Increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America (Opportunity Youth United)

·       White House Council for Community Solutions Final Report (White House)


·       Black Male Achievement Life Outcomes Dashboard (Campaign for Black Male Achievement)

§  Indicators that track opportunity for black males across 17 indicators in 16 cities. 

·       Child Opportunity Index (Kirwan Institute)

§  Create a child opportunity map to visualize the geographic distribution of neighborhood-based opportunity for children in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas

·       KIDS COUNT data center (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

§  Data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.

·       National Equity Atlas (PolicyLink)

§  Comprehensive data on changing demographics, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity at the city, regional, state and national levels.

·       National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (Urban Institute and local partners)

§  Collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building.

·       Opportunity Index (Opportunity Nation and Measure of America)

§  Measures 16 indicators, including rates of disconnected youth, in every state, Washington, D.C., and more than 2,600 counties.  Select the measure “young people in school or working.”

·       The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males (Schott Foundation for Public Education)

§  Interactive maps with disaggregated data by race and gender on graduation, suspension, math, reading and advance placement rates by state.

·       Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities (Measure of America)

§  Data on disconnected youth by state, congressional district, county, gender, and by race and ethnicity.

National Organizations, Networks and Initiatives

·       Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare provides national leadership in support of improved outcomes for children and families of color involved with the nation’s child welfare system.

·       BMAfunders Knowledge Center has aggregated more than 100 foundation, nonprofit, and academic reports specifically related to Black men and boys. This collection represents a vast amount of collective intelligence that can inform your work in Black male achievement. 

·       BMe is a national network of people committed to build caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men. The network is working to change narratives that denigrate people and to uplift narratives that see black men as assets.

·       Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys.

·       Campaign for Youth is an alliance of national organizations that are concerned about the persistence (yet seeming invisibility) of the challenges confronting young people who are disconnected from education, employment and opportunity.

·       Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy.

·       Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African- American men and boys.

·       Clinton Foundation Job One works with U.S. employers to share best practices and generate employer-designed commitments to create new economic opportunities for youth across the country.

·       Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth Network brings together workforce and youth development professionals in communities across the country to improve young people's opportunities and well-being by establishing innovative partnerships among local youth-serving systems by creating effective cross-system collaborations in communities.

·       Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color is a national philanthropic alliance that works to evaluate promising approaches, advocate for effective public policy and systems change, and invest in young men as assets for America’s future.

·       Forum for Youth Investment  is a nonprofit, nonpartisan action tank dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are ready by 21 – ready for college, work and life.

·       Gateway to College National Network supports communities in building sustainable pathways for disconnected youth to a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential.

·       GradNation is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end America’s dropout crisis.

·       Grads of Life Campaign seeks to change perceptions employers have of young people with atypical resumes. The GradsofLife.org website offers the tools to connect leading employers to employment pathways, including mentoring, school-to-work, internships, and hiring.

·       Intermediary Network connects local and national organizations to share effective strategies, to learn from one another, and to grow and professionalize intermediary practice across the country. INet has a special focus on opportunity youth.

·       Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative works to ensure that young people—primarily those ages 14 through 25—make successful transitions from foster care to adulthood by working nationally, in states, and locally to improve policies and practices, promote youth engagement, apply evaluation and research, and create community partnerships.

·       Jobs for the Future works to ensure educational and economic opportunity for all. We develop innovative career pathways, educational resources, and public policies that increase college readiness and career success, and build a more highly skilled workforce.

·       Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) initiative, led by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focuses on youth and young adults ages 14–25, particularly those who have been involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, or who are homeless. It is a partnership with three national organizations: Jobs for America’s Graduates, Jobs for the Future and MDRC, and is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund.

·       The Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.

·       Making Black Lives Matter Initiative, developed by Hill-Snowdon Foundation, is a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice.

·       MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. What Works for Disconnected Youth presents the current state of the evidence regarding what works in helping disconnected young people, based on a literature review of relevant policies and programs.

·       National Council of La Raza is nonpartisan voice for Latinos through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in programs work in communities nationwide.

·       National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color is an alliance of five youth organizing networks committed to advancing the leadership of young men of color in organizing for change in their communities.

·       Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 350 cross-sector organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.

·       Opportunity Works, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund and managed by Jobs for the Future in partnership with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, supports communities that are bringing together local stakeholders—K-12 systems, colleges, employers, community organizations—to collaborate across systems and build education and career pathways for unemployed or underemployed young people.

·       Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, managed by the Aspen Forum for Community Solution, supports strong community collaboratives focused on building and deepening education and employment pathways for opportunity youth.

·       Opportunity Youth Network is brings together national non-profits, businesses, philanthropy, and government — along with young leaders — to align efforts to achieve the collective goal of reengaging one million young people who are disconnected from education and employment pathways to success, often referred to as opportunity youth.

·       Opportunity Youth United is a national movement of young people and allies working to increase opportunity and decrease poverty in America.

·       PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity.

·       REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) at the National League of Cities (NLC) works to equip its NLC membership with the capacity to respond to racial tensions in their communities and address the historical, systemic and structural barriers that further inequity and racism in our nation's cities.

·       Reengagement Network, managed by the National League of Cities, assists cities in exploring and pursuing reengagement policy and programming.

·       Story For All brings the power of storytelling to communities in need with the belief that storytelling can achieve healing and transformation, address the rifts in our society and give voices to the unheard.

·       Youth Transition Funders Group is a national network of funders that work together to support the well-being and economic success of vulnerable young people age 14 to 25.

·       Youth.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 19 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The website houses information, funding opportunities, resources and tools on 26 youth topics.