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NYEC provides technical assistance and resources to the PSI sites, with a focus on creating a community of practice by fostering peer-to-peer learning, as well as learning from national models in the areas of student supports, curriculum alignment, partnerships between CBOs and community colleges, and instruction.

Convenings: NYEC convenes the PSI sites regularly in order to facilitate peer-to-peer learning exchange, highlight promising practices, observe work at the PSI sites and their college partners, and engage with promising national models in postsecondary work. The PSI sites have been convened five times to date.

  • PSI Launch Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 27-29, 2010. The meeting focused on exploring the national models in curriculum development, instruction, and transition supports. The sites also participated in the SWOT analysis and developed PSI implementation plans. Agenda can be downloaded here.
  • Los Angeles Conservation Corps and Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, California, July 28-30, 2010. The meeting focused on exploring the partnership between LACC and LATTC, as well as on highlighting promising practices in math instruction, delivering transition supports, and bridge programming. Agenda can be downloaded here.
  • ISUS and Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, July 27-29, 2011. The focus of the meeting was on exploring postsecondary pathways leading to credentials with value in the labor market and on highlighting models of aligning developmental education between CBO and community college partners. Description of the Convening, agenda, and post-convening resources can be viewed here.
  • NYEC and JFF: PSI Network Meeting and Learning Exchange, Crystal City, Virginia, November 2-3, 2011. The PSI Network Meeting focused on reflecting on the progress of the PSI, setting goals for the upcoming year, and connecting with sites in the YouthBuild USA network for a peer-to-peer exchange. The meeting was followed by the Postsecondary Success Learning Exchange, convened by Jobs for the Future in partnership with NYEC, YouthBuild USA, The Corps Network, and Brandeis University. The meeting focused on promising practices and national models in promoting postsecondary access, retention, and completion in disconnected youth. To read more about the Network Meeting and the Learning Exchange, click here.
  • NYEC and NOVA, Washington, D.C., July 16-19, 2012. The focus of the meeting was on centering student voice in postsecondary work through the participation of the NYEC PSI Student Leadership Group, exploring the national model of CBO/community college partnerships at Northern Virginia Community College, learning about the national and PSI models in implementing culturally relevant instruction, and highlighting promising practices in curriculum alignment across the PSI network. Description of the Convening, agenda, and post-convening resources can be viewed here.

Monthly Calls & Webinars: NYEC facilitates monthly conference calls and webinars with the sites in order to exchange promising practices across the network. Selected webinar topics have included:

  • Mentoring. PSI site College Initiative discussed design and successes of its evidence-based peer-to-peer mentoring program. The following materials were distributed to sites: College Initiative Mentoring Toolkit: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9. 
  • Learning from YouthBuild. Representatives from YouthBuild USA, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, and YouthBuild Brockton discussed institutionalizing the relationship with college partners and the changing role of the transition counselor overtime. The following materials were distributed to the sites: YouthBuild Philadelphia's Vision for a Career Coaching Model that Works and The Forum for Youth Investment's article about YouthBuild Brockton.
  • Engaging Employers in a Meaningful Way. The meeting was co-facilitated by Ann Higdon, President & Founder of the PSI site ISUS, who has a long track record of success in building lasting and effective partnerships with Dayton, Ohio business community in manufacturing, construction, and healthcare industries in order to provide training and employment opportunities to ISUS students. The meeting summary, which includes Ann's tips on building relationships with employers, can be downloaded here.
  • Data. NYEC facilitated several webinars to provide sites with technical assistance on collecting and reporting PSI data.
  • Peer-to-Peer Exchanges: NYEC facilitated discussions on promising practices, lessons, and learnings that were based on interim reporting and presented by the sites.

Reporting: NYEC collects quarterly reports from the sites in order to track the progress of the PSI. Please see the Products & Tools section of our website for more information.

Data Reporting Support: NYEC provides support and technical assistance that the sites need to comply with data reporting requirements of the PSI. NYEC has engaged an internal data consultant to assess the sites' data collection capacity, respond to questions, analyze the data collected from the sites, and inform sites of the outcomes of the PSI. Please see the Products & Tools section of our website for more information.

PSI Weekly Update: NYEC distributes a weekly email newsletter in order to inform sites of important program updates and announcements and to share postsecondary education news, resources, and funding information.

For more information about the PSI, please contact Yelena Nemoy at

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