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Topics : Are You Actively Collaborating to Help Youth in Your Community Transition to Adulthood?

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Youth Services
Posted: Aug 10,2010 12:26PM
Joined: 06/30/2010
Posts: 22
Many states and localities have formed collaboratives to solve problems that youth encounter as they prepare to transition to adulthood. Here are some examples of current collaborative efforts from across the nation:

In Florida, a local housing authority works with the Boys and Girls Club, the Police Athletic League, and the county children’s commission to apply for funding to benefit community youth.

In Arizona, a city housing department is collaborating with non-profits, workforce, schools and the legal system to address the needs of youth in at-risk situations.

In another Arizona city, universities are collaborating with United Way, community and school based programs, the county extension office, and 4-H to overcome barriers that effective positive youth development.

In one large urban community, the housing authority is helping youth in public housing acquire family connections, services, and programs through age 26. This collaborative is seeking to reach special needs youth and young adults in public housing.

In Maine, a collaborative is focusing on helping youth transition from pediatric to adult health care. This collaborative involves the department of education, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, state Medicaid organization, and others who are interested in engaging youth.

These collaboratives were all represented at a recent meeting in Washington, DC to learn from each other how collaboration effectively meets the needs of youth.
They are also part of the Helping Youth Transition (HYT) Community of Practice (CoP).

Tell us about how your collaborative is helping youth in your community.
Maisha Meminger
Posted: Aug 10,2010 12:49PM
Joined: 02/10/2005
Posts: 210
Collaboration is not just happening at the state level, but is also happening at the federal level to assist transition aged you.

There is the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) which provides guidance to state partnership efforts of youth serving agencies and coordinate activities across youth serving agencies nationwide. This is just one of the many.
Latoya Wilson
Posted: Aug 23,2010 02:23PM
Joined: 07/02/2007
Posts: 1
One of the projects I am seeking to work on is increasing job readiness programs for k-12 students, in NY and NJ. Such tasks may include encouraging business communities to use their workplace, and schools to participate in organizations, like junior achievement, so they can obtain expertise about the job market. It's a rigorous, because they are dealing with budget crisis, especially in New Jersey where many programs were cut. I am hoping to plan out such initiative by October.

Latoya Wilson, MPA
Lynne Wright
Posted: Sep 07,2010 04:23PM
Joined: 07/28/2010
Posts: 2
In response to Latoya,
Sound like a great concept! Have you considered collaborating with local universities on bringing your idea to fruition? One suggestion is to borrow from university professors of public health, organizational dynamics, and human relations programs who have included in their curricula design, developing Community Advocacy Plans as assignments for students; assignments require that the students work in small groups to collaborate with an existing community organization to develop sustained initiatives around a topic of need. Many of these assignments have grown into sustained projects involving student interns in areas from literature reviews, conducting focus groups and needs assessments, and participating in the planning to implementation of the projects, and designing evaluations. In addition to the cost effectiveness of utilizing passionate and creative interns, the inclusion of universities can provide the added support of trust that is necessary when soliciting local businesses to contribute to innovative community projects to support youth. Consider involving schools in recruiting talented youth to participate at all stages of development and implementation!
Avi Dey
Posted: Aug 03,2011 11:25AM
Joined: 05/19/2011
Posts: 10
Topic 02 : A New Tool for community outreach leveragng social networks (1) and (20 --My New Website: Innovation Twin USA (work in progress)

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Innovation Twin USA ("Work in Progress)
James Chapman
Posted: Aug 13,2011 01:27PM
Joined: 08/11/2011
Posts: 2
Our Local Workforce Area is currently collaborating with the department of education on a program called Jobs for Tennessee Graduates. 50% of the funds come from our local dollars, and 50% of the funds come from the department of education. The Jobs for Tennessee Graduates program is designed for high school seniors. Their approach is to go into schools that have potentially high drop-out rate and that have a substantial number of students who are economically disadvantaged. JTG uses classroom curriculum, courses, and activities to empower those students to graduate high school, enter into post-secondary education, and/or gain full-time employment. JTG has earned National Awards for six consecutive years because of their graduation rates, placement rates, entered employment rates. We are currently working desperately to get this program in at least one school for every county in our nine-county region. You can check out a recent article on JTG at:
Go JTG!!!

James Chapman
Youth Lead; Tennessee LWIA 5
Avi Dey
Posted: Dec 06,2011 07:46AM
Joined: 05/19/2011
Posts: 10
I suggest you find a way to continue the "Data & Technology Team Model". Recently GIS 2.0 Technology has been made available to non-profits by the U.S. Government at no cost. This information technology is already in use in such applications as "Natural Disaster Mitigation", public education and elswhere.

"Data and Technology Team Model" can be a bridge on a community level to link education community with private industry and non-profits to strengthen preparation for such natural disaster events as hurrcanes, tornados and early detection of earthquake as a technology development challange and deployment innovation challange.

Avi Dey
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