Center for Youth and Communities
Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
Congratulations to CYC's Alan Melchior, Cathy Burack (co-editors) and Jodi Benenson (assistant editor) on the release of the first issue of The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, published by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
Chris Kingsley and Jennifer Axelrod conducted a workshop at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) 2013 Youth Development Conference in Chicago in September. Their NAWDP presentation provides examples of effective, evidence-based practice to employ, educate and support low-income youth learned from research and the 2013 Summer Youth Employment Initiative funded by The Walmart Foundation. The Center for Youth and Communities serves as the National Program Office for this multi-site initiative.
Chris Kingsley is a Sr. Program Associate at the Center for Youth and Communities and Jennifer Axelrod is Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services, Department of Family & Support Services, City of Chicago. They were joined by Deshawn Sheperd, staff, and Devontae Banks and Mario Grayer, youth from the One Summer Chicago Plus youth employment program.
The Center for Youth and Communities (CYC) is the National Program Office for the 2013 Summer Youth Employability Initiative supported by The Walmart Foundation. With a $2.5 Million investment in summer 2013, our Center is providing grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 to employ, educate and support nearly 1,200 vulnerable youth in Phoenix & Maricopa County, Ariz.; Chicago; Detroit; Hartford; Houston; Philadelphia; and San Diego.
The Center for Youth and Communities has released a handbook featuring seven Practical Advice Guides by and for youth practitioners, managers, and worksite supervisors engaged in summer and year-round youth employment programs. This is a draft handbook titled, "Practical Advice Guides: Smart strategies to employ, educate and support youth in employability development programs". We invite you to review the guides and offer feedback.
Check out the map of the communities where we are conducting projects for spring/summer 2013!