"Over 1.4 million youth ages 15-24 are out-of-school and out-of-work (OSOW) and are raising dependent children. When youth are out of the education system, lack early work experience, and cannot find employment, the likelihood is poor that they will have the means to support themselves and the needs of their children. Too often, this traps their families in a cycle of poverty for generations.
Until communities offer multiple pathways to connect with ladders of opportunity, many young families headed by OSOW youth will be unable to achieve financial independence. To break the cycle of poverty, many human service organizations use two-generation approaches with 'young families' (that is, families with children in which the parent is an OSOW young person ages 15-24 years). One hallmark of these two-generation approaches is the use of strategies that address the developmental needs of the young parents, their children, and their families as a whole.
The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA), an association of America's leading nonprofit human service providers, conducted an exploratory study of two-generation programs already in place within its member organizations. The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) supported this effort, which sought to document quality two-generation programs and identify program elements that strengthen young families. The study eventually engaged 32 NHSA members and affiliates in sharing their knowledge about two-generation approaches and providing connections to programs that re-engage young parents in education and/or work, nurture parent-child bonds, improve children's wellbeing, and connect families with economic, social, and other supports.
This report features case studies of two-generation programs, describes elements associated with successful outcomes, and recommends future work."
||These comments were drafted by the Corps Network in conjunction with NYEC, Jobs for the Future, and YouthBuild USA for a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The hearing on October 31, 2013 focused on the Higher Education Act and was titled "Attaining a Quality Degree: Innovations to Improve Student Success."