Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What It Takes to Build a Comprehensive Youth Employment Services System

A recent report from CLASP looks at what is needed for a comprehensive youth employment delivery system and the experiences of several urban communities in developing such systems. The authors argue for a cross-system approach that utilizes public and private resources to link disconnected and at-risk youth with education, training, and employment supports.

Evaluating eight communities, CLASP identified the following key components of a comprehensive youth employment delivery system:

  • A strong convening entity
  • An effective administrative agent
  • A well-trained case management arm
  • Strong partnerships across systems that serve youth
  • High quality work experience and career exposure components

For policies to improve job training and to prepare youth to succeed in life.

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