As policymakers at the federal and state levels work to keep unemployment numbers well-below pandemic levels, we explore three ways to achieve better workforce outcomes for youth.
What do Star Trek, musicals, and building equitable programs have in common? As it turns out, quite a bit! Drawing inspiration from the Star Trek Strange New Worlds' musical episode, this synthesis explores the parallels between the collaborative approach taken in creating a musical within the Star Trek universe and the principles employed in our Framework for Equitable Quality Improvement Systems.
With youth unemployment on the rise, innovative workforce development initiatives are emerging. The growing demand for infrastructure workers presents a distinctive chance to involve youth from historically underrepresented groups, addressing equity gaps and promoting a more inclusive economy. The intersection of federal funding for infrastructure and youth apprenticeships becomes a focal point for policy, providing a ripe opportunity to narrow equity divides, foster inclusive economies, and nurture a skilled talent pipeline for the future.
As youth move through the education to workforce continuum, they encounter several important transition points critical to their development. When systems work together to ensure these inflection points are met with support, youth are better able to succeed. This blog examines these transition points and the strategies to support youth in navigating them.
Medicaid funds can serve as a sustainable source of funding for states to support youth health and mental health. That is, if states maximize its potential. Learn about three ways states have maximized the use of Medicaid to support youth-serving systems.
Conditions in Washington, D.C.’s juvenile facilities were not only dangerous and overcrowded when Forum President & CEO Mishaela Durán went to work for the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in 2005, they also provided scant opportunities and services to help youth there succeed in school, work, and life after incarceration. However, a shift to a Positive Youth Justice (PYJ) model that integrated community organizations changed that. More than 15 years later, this model is still the guiding principle at DYRS, and a body of evidence now shows providing developmentally appropriate services to court-involved youth helps set them on a positive trajectory.
For 25+ years, our Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops have provided an immersive and impactful professional development experience. The Youth Work Methods and Youth Work Management TOT workshops equip leaders with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to effectively train those working with young people across diverse ecosystems. With a toolbox of proven and teachable practices that seamlessly integrate into daily interactions with youth, participants are prepared to create a ripple effect that elevates the entire field of youth work.
Discover how Positive Youth Development (PYD) powers leadership, self-confidence, and strong relationships, leading to improved health, education, and job prospects. While widely embraced, PYD lacks a federal definition, causing inequities in outcomes across programs and states. Explore 4 states that define PYD and their common elements in this blog.
Youth-serving systems frequently operate in silos, failing to recognize they are serving the same youth in a disjointed, inefficient and ineffective manner. More collaboration across systems is key to creating an ecosystem approach to positive youth development. Experience and practice have shown there are five key components of successful cross-system collaboration. Read on to learn more.
Afterschool programs can unlock doors to new experiences, opportunities, and even unexpected career journeys.
Highlighting the importance of celebrating Lights on Afterschool every year, a Forum staff member recounts her experience in her own afterschool program and how that led to a career in youth development.