March 01, 2017
Relationships Matter and Turning Points: two different studies, with one major takeaway: It is not just a single relationship, but rather a dynamic web of support, that stands the best shot of preparing young people for work and for life. The research studies from the Center for Promise at America’s Promise Alliance focus on the role of relationships in the lives of risk-immersed young people enrolled in four career pathways programs. The four organizations highlighted in the report are Youth Opportunity Fund community partners.
Two research studies from the Center for Promise at America’s Promise Alliance focus on the role of relationships in the lives of risk-immersed young people enrolled in four career pathways programs: Café Momentum in Dallas, Per Scholas in the Bronx, Urban Alliance in Washington, D.C., and Year Up in the Bay Area.
Programs that provide pathways to work and career development can be an important bridge between young people who are not prepared for work and the jobs that are available in their communities.
TURNING POINTS RECOMMENDATIONS
To leverage young people’s strengths and maximize the effectiveness of career pathways programs for risk-immersed youth, the authors of this report offer the following recommendations:
Build multiple social supports into the design of career pathways programs.
Envision career pathways programs as part of a supportive youth system.
Activate and connect multiple cores in a young person’s web of support.
Keep listening to what young people say is working and not working.
Your past does not determine your future. The following videos highlight how four young people across the country overcame various life circumstances with the help of their webs of support and workforce development programs.