"Our schools and training programs can't do it alone. They need partners."

 

"Workplace experience is essential for every young person, especially those challenged in the transition to adulthood"

Principles 

We believe that all youth programs, educational and training opportunities, and support services need to be connected and coordinated to best serve young people.

 

We help local programs and systems address the four components of the All Youth - One System Framework: Academic Achievement, Career Development, Community Connections and Support, and Youth Leadership. The partners we engage to support programs and locally defined initiatives include schools, community organizations, social service agencies, government, philanthropy, and the private sector. These partnerships provide the means to use public resources more effectively across funding streams to improve services, support, and opportunities for youth.

 

We work to support local efforts to improve outcomes for youth through building local youth-serving systems, defining strategies to leverage resources, encouraging and supporting innovative practice, connecting agencies and organizations across the community, and facilitating partnerships between programs, government agencies, schools and the private sector.

 

Our experience over the past three decades has allowed us to test new ideas, refine approaches and demonstrate what we now know to be true about what young people (and the institutions that serve them) need to be successful.

 

  • All young people need comprehensive and connected services across a set of institutions and organizations over time.
  • Programs, schools, and public service agencies can’t do it alone. They need partners to provide the range of opportunities, services and support young people need to succeed – in school, the workplace, and in life.
  • We need to better utilize all public and private resources through intentionally connected and comprehensive, locally driven systems.
  • Early and sequenced exposure to the workplace provide a solid foundation for today’s young people,  and is critical to meeting the demands of our nation’s shifting economy.
  • Local intermediaries and functional collaboratives are the key to sustaining the connections among schools, workplaces, community, and government partners that result in improved outcomes for young people.
  • Effective training and facilitated strategic processes need to be put in place to engage and support leadership, practitioners, and policy-makers in designing and operating effective local youth-serving systems.