In a comprehensive and connected local youth system, programs, initiatives, and institutions work together to eliminate the duplication of services, maximize the impacts of multiple funding sources, and implement long-range plans to improve outcomes for the youth they serve. There is a systemic approach and infra-structure that supports access to and the engagement of employers and workplace partners, schools and training organizations, social services and community organizations, and families and neighborhoods to serve the needs of young people as they prepare for life as adults.
The Elements of a Comprehensive Youth-Serving System
The All Youth - One System Elements depicted above form a core component of the All Youth-One System frameworks, developed and refined by New Ways to Work over the past two decades. The framework, widely adopted in California and across the country, guides systems and program improvements in communities, schools, agencies, and youth-serving programs.
The Elements are modified and updated though all of our initiatives through stakeholder meetings of practitioners and policy-makers to ensure they reflect the needs of all youth, including those in the foster care system and those with disabilities. Stakeholders include youth from the workforce system, foster youth and alumni, local and state department of social service representatives, special education instructors, educators, local practitioners and providers, workforce development partners, and other professionals serving in the workforce development, education, child welfare, and special education systems.
Each of these Elements must be in place to provide a balanced set of services and support to youth in order to ensure their success as they transition to adulthood. The Elements are supported though a community-wide structure that provides for the coordination of a continuum of services across programs, institutions, and projects. The image of a young person at the center of the framework intentionally points to the importance of keeping youth at the center of the initiative. The images surrounding the young person represent the four desired outcomes for any young person.
EDUCATED and ready to learn
EXPERIENCED and ready for career
CONNECTED to adults, peers, and services
CONFIDENT and ready for life
The four content Elements of a comprehensive local youth-serving system are as follows:
The four Elements are supported by a fifth:
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