Monthly Archives: February 2012

Black History Month and the Education, Employment, and Wage Gap for Young African American Males (Part 1 of 2)

As Black History Month draws to a close, there is still time to reflect on the many great figures and leaders who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship and improve the quality of life for the African American community … Continue reading

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Soft Skills Curriculum Helps Youth Develop “Skills to Pay the Bills”

Developing soft skills is an important component of the career preparation and work-based learning opportunities that all youth, including youth with disabilities, need for successful transition to adulthood. A new soft skills curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s … Continue reading

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Speak Up & Be Heard: The Power of Youth Voice & Civic Participation

On February 11th, Washington, DC’s Mayor, Vincent Gray, held the inaugural One City Summit. DC residents were given an opportunity to tell their government exactly what they were thinking, directly. I was one of those residents, and I found the … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air: Helping Youth Learn Healthy Relationship Skills

Valentine’s Day – whether you love it or loathe it, it probably causes you to reflect to some degree on your own relationships – past, present, or future. Whether they are currently dating or not, you can bet that the … Continue reading

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The Individualized Learning Plan as a Tool for School Counselors

It’s National School Counseling Week! This is a great opportunity to highlight the tremendous impact school counselors can have in supporting the college and career readiness skills of all youth. School counselors often play multiple roles within a school including … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day and Beyond: Career Exploration Comes Out of the Shadows

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Groundhog Day”?  Is it Punxsutawney Phil, who may or may not see his shadow thus determining how soon we can all put away our cute boots and pull out … Continue reading

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Equal Access to Education

This blog entry is a cross posting from the White House Blog written by Russlynn Ali, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education. We encourage our readers to read the U. S. Department of Education’s  Dear … Continue reading

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