Center for Youth and Communities
Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
The Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School of Management and Social Policy is expanding upon its efforts to support large-scale systems change aimed at preparing young people for college, work, and life by offering a unique peer-to-peer professional development opportunity to academic practitioners in New England through the Brandeis Think Tanks. With the goal of revitalizing, enhancing, and expanding the Think Tank model, developed by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) in 1988, CYC will take on the leadership, management and facilitation of the Think Tanks. For more information, visit The Brandeis Think Tanks.
The national webinar was sponsored by the Office of Family Assistance's Peer TA Network, which includes the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. The webinar reached more than 300 participants on May 7, 2014. See the TANF website for more on the webinar and click here for the full presentation.
Susan P. Curnan’s presented the Center’s youth employability work with a focus on lessons learned from the Walmart investment in 10 cities and 8,500 young people.
With grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Social Innovation Fund, and New Profit, Inc., the Center is working with more than 30 national and local organizations to create a pathway to and through college for former dropouts by establishing partnerships between community-based education programs and community colleges. Please see our latest report on the study, “Creating New Pathways to Postsecondary: Evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success (PSS) Initiative” (and Executive Summary). (More about our work with the Gates Foundation.)
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).
The CYC presented The Brandeis Academy for Leadership in Action, Innovation, and Excellence in Youth Employability in Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and San Diego to more than 400 business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government leaders, managers, investors, and practitioners in 2014.
The overarching Academy goals include:
· to elevate a shared cross-sector commitment to and investment in youth employability
· to change the way people at all levels think about, plan, and implement employability programs for youth
More specifically, The Academy also builds community capacity:
· to create or enhance high-quality summer youth employment programs as part of a year-round youth employability development system
· to integrate work, learning, and youth development by leveraging actions at the intersection of youth development, workforce development, and education
· to establish sustainable youth employability systems in their communities by leveraging funding and other resources
CYC is the National Program Office for the 2013-2014 Summer Youth Employability Initiative supported by The Walmart Foundation. With a $2.5 million investment, our Center provided 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. CYC has been working with the Foundation on youth employability since 2011.
CYC released “Practical Advice Guides by and for youth practitioners, managers, and worksite supervisors engaged in summer and year-round youth employment programs,” a handbook featuring seven Practical Advice Guides by and for youth practitioners, managers, and worksite supervisors engaged in summer and year-round youth employability programs. We invite you to review the guides and offer feedback.
Check out the map of the communities where we are conducting projects!