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Expanding Education Options for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is building capacity of the field by helping 
states, local communities, and education systems to better serve struggling students and out-of-school youth.

  


Expanding Education Options Resources

 

NYEC gathers resources useful to communities and states working to expand education options for struggling students and disconnected youth related to each of the following key areas:

      • Data Collection and Use
      • Policy
      • Funding
      • Building Capacity
      • Cross-System Collaboration

To view resources for expanding education options for each of these key areas, click here. To view resources by state, click here.


 

Convenings

NYEC hosts cross-site 
Learning Exchanges for local and state leaders interested in developing community expertise and capacity to increase education options for struggling students and out-of-school youth. NYEC Learning Exchanges offer local and state leader teams an opportunity to step out of their day-to-day context to learn about exemplary policies, practices, and programs; participate in peer-to-peer exchanges with their counterparts in other cities and states; and engage in substantive policy discussions with national experts on secondary school reform, youth development, and workforce development. 

                  What Learning Exchange participants have to say: 

                       "It helped re-energize the collective thinking in our city around dropout prevention, intervention, and recovery."

                      "The networking and exchange of ideas was fantastic and helps us understand we are not the only ones grappling with these issues in providing services to youth."

 

 

Publications 

NYEC's paper, Building Roads to Success: Key Considerations for Communities and States Reconnecting Youth to Education (2011), is designed to assist community and state leaders, youth advocates, educators, and other stakeholders interested in practical ways to improve and expand education options for struggling students and out-of-school youth. It is relevant to the work of municipal government, community-based organizations, school districts, postsecondary institutions, workforce development organizations, apprenticeship programs, and other youth-serving organizations.  It is equally geared toward the work of governors' offices and state policymakers, departments of education, youth advocates, and workforce boards. In addition to the full paper, individual briefs are available covering its five major topics:

 

NYEC's policy brief, Expanding Options for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth: State Financing of Education Pathways (2010), describes a number of finance-related policies that states can use to support the development of education options that serve disconnected youth and provides examples from across the country. 

In 2008, NYEC released the report Financing Education Options for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth in Michigan: Report and Recommendations for State Policy which highlights the challenges facing at-risk and disconnected youth in the region, as well as strategies for connecting those young people to educational opportunities. 

NYEC's publication, Expanding Options: State Financing of Education Pathways for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth (2008), explores how Indiana, Massachusetts, and North Carolina have created policies and funding streams to support a variety of secondary education options for young people.

Click on a link below to download a PDF version of the Introduction, individual state profiles, or to register to download a free copy of the full report:              

NYEC's Financing Alternative Education Pathways:  Profiles and Policy (2005) highlights how alternative education schools and programs access state and local education funds in Wisconsin, Oregon, Ohio, Arizona, New York, Texas, Virginia, California and Illinois. Funding Alternative Education Pathways: A Review of the Literature examines how alternative education pathways are funded. 

Click on a link below to download a PDF version of the Executive Summary or to register to download a free copy of the full report:


For more information please contact Mala B. Thakur, Executive Director, mt@nyec.org.

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