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Preparing Vulnerable Youth for Adulthood Through Youth Workforce Development

By Joe Scantlebury, David E. Brown, Kate O'Sullivan & Mala B.Thakur

The Workforce Investment Act youth program mandates services for vulnerable young people 14 to 21. Services range from tutoring to occupational skills training to leadership development. The Promising and Effective Practices Network has identified the key elements of effective youth programs and developed tools to help organizations establish, connect to, and promote quality programs. Legal advocates in the child-welfare, education, and juvenile justice systems can ensure that courts and other authorities know about the local employment resources and incorporate long-term employment readiness in the plans that they craft for disconnected young people.

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