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A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report sites “The number of youth between the ages of 16 and 24 employed in July of this year fell to its lowest level since 1970, and the share of youth who were employed was the lowest on record.”

 

These statistics are shocking; especially for those who work with young people.

 

So, where are the youth opportunities?

 

Throughout this Great Nation there has to be examples of organizations, states, and local areas who can share their stories of working collaboratively, serving young adults, and beating the odds.

 

Do you know of any? Let us know….

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of twelve Federal departments and agenices striving to develop an overarching strategic plan for Fedeal youth policy, is gathering input through its website, FindYouthInfo.gov, as well as through in-person discussion sessions, webinars, and regional listening sessions around the country.  We are seeking input from youth, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, researchers, state children’s cabinets, and many others.  Finally, we’re incorporating smart thinking from the plans and recommendations of Federal collaborations focused on specific youth issues (like juvenile justice, homelessness, and other topics). 

Our next regional listening session is in Chicago on August 24.  If you are in the area and would like to join us, click here to register.  We will be holding many more regional listening sessions around the country through the end of 2010.  Visit FindYouthInfo.gov often to learn about upcoming sessions, or sign up for our newsletter on the site to get announcements sent right to your inbox.

If you can’t make it to Chicago, comment on our website by clicking here.

While you’re on FindYouthInfo.gov, check out our other resources – a directory of evidence-based programs, the latest federal news on youth issues, and detailed pages on cross-cutting youth topics like transition-age youth and positive youth development.

The problem of homeless youth in America has been an issue since I have worked for the Department.  In state review after state review this issue has been a significant barrier for youth accessing and retaining work without a stable living situation.  Although WIA youth funds can be used to provide supportive services for youth, which can include limited housing, WIA funds cannot support housing for all youth in need.  Attached are two links regarding the issue of homeless youth. 

 

The first is a link to an interagency website where information will be posted on strategies to help homeless youth as well as federal resources to support that mission.  This may be a resource for our state and local partners as they focus on how to deal with this issue. 

 

The second link is a CNN story on homeless youth that is inspiring. The story gives you insight into the hopes and dreams these youth have, the support systems they have found and the struggles they face. 

 

If anyone has a promising practice regarding how you are providing services to this cohort, please share on the Youth COP. 

Anyone who works with transition age youth needs to know about the Helping Youth Transition (HYT) Community of Practice (CoP). HYT CoP brings together federal, state, and local agencies concerned about youth who face challenges transitioning to adulthood. HYT dialogue emphasizes the need for communities to work together across systems to support the youth who need services the most.


Monthly discussions include topics of interest focused on positive youth development, youth/adult partnerships, employment and training, education, health care, juvenile justice, housing, and independent living. Membership is open to any collaborative seeking to engage in discussion about strategies to help youth make the most of their transition to adulthood.


The Helping Youth Transition CoP meets by Webinar on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 (EDT). Registration and call-in information is sent to members of the HYT CoP through the Solutions Desk LISTSERV and facilitated by the Solutions Desk at the National Resource Center for Youth Development, a service of the U.S. DHHS Children’s Bureau.


On August 18, 2010 2:30 E.S.T, this month’s Community of Practice call will focus on collaborations between Child Welfare and housing projects. Presenters include staff from Housing and Urban Development.


HYT Cop is a great way to learn about new resources at the federal, state, and local levels; what works and what doesn’t with youth in transition; and how to partner with youth to make a difference.


Visit the Solutions Desk web site (www.solutionsdesk.ou.edu) to join the Helping Youth Transition CoP, find out about upcoming calls, propose a presentation, and access previous call resources.

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