Category Archives: Tools

Recognizing Youth Service Professionals by Prioritizing their Professional Development

By Kathryn Nichols, Consultant, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership It’s National Workforce Development Month – a time to recognize the contributions of workforce development professionals who play a vital role in … Continue reading

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When “Eat Your Vegetables” Isn’t Always An Option

By Jason Farr, Program Associate, with the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development If you are a person with a disability reading this blog, you are much more … Continue reading

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Professional Development that Works: DC Workforce Professionals Find Value in New Learning Community  

By Julie Jean Louis, intern at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development With little money and even less spare time, organizations and systems often struggle to carve out the resources and leap the logistical hurdles to offer … Continue reading

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Start early, get wiser, and end up better!

The following is part one of a two part guest blog series written by brothers Chris and Clement Coulston from Wilmington, Delaware. Chris is a senior at Concord High School and Clement is a Teacher Education major at the University … Continue reading

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Bouncing Back: “Fall”ing Into Workforce Development Again

September goes by in such a rush. Summer is over and everything begins again: school, conferences, and fall program activities. Maybe that is why September is Workforce Development Month; it feels like we are all going “back to work.” As … Continue reading

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Policies to Address Poverty in America

Last month, the Hamilton Project revealed its 14 policy proposals that, when enacted together, wouldsucceed in Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis. The proposals created fit into categories of early childhood education, supporting disadvantaged youth, building skills, and improving safety net and … Continue reading

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From Jails to Joblessness:  Why Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth Need More Than Just a Job  

It’s well established that today’s chronic levels of youth unemployment cost our economy billions in lost tax revenue, both on the federal and state level.  Added to this problem is the sad reality of unemployed youth growing up to become … Continue reading

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Plotting a Roadmap to Success

The following blog entry is a cross-post from (Work in Progress), the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The blog is written by Rhonda Basha, a supervisory policy advisor on DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Youth Team. Now that we’ve … Continue reading

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Hello Families! – The Next Big Thing Is Here: Introducing Individualized Learning Plans

There is a movement afoot – a change in focus, a change in the way many school districts around the country are attempting to prepare all youth for adulthood. Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are taking the nation by storm. If … Continue reading

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Taking Charge: Tips for Youth with Special Health Care Needs

When parents have a child or young adult with a disability or special health care need, they take on additional roles beyond typical parents. Parents become caregivers, advocates, and decision makers in all the systems their child is involved in … Continue reading

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