Center for Youth and Communities
Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
The invitational conference “Enough is Known for Action: Ready to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth”, in Washington, DC on November 13, 2014 featured a National Briefing and call-to-action planning sessions facilitated by the Brandeis team from the Center for Youth and Communities (CYC). A webcast recording will be available.
This briefing was made possible by the generous support of The Walmart Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Labor/ETA leadership, and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
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.)
Check out the map of the communities where we are conducting projects!