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Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn)

The Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn) is a transition framework developed by NCWD/Youth, based on our guide about improving transition outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile corrections system. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) and led by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), Right Turn provides a career development process for youth that are involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system

Right Turn is being implemented in high-crime, high poverty communities across the country by local organizations with expertise in career development, education, mentoring, youth development, juvenile justice, and disability. Right Turn provides individualized education, training, and workforce development opportunities by engaging youth in NCWD/Youth’s three-phase career development process that includes self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management. Youth meet regularly with program staff, mentors, and other caring adults to develop and implement an Individualized Career Development Plan (ICDP). Through weekly goal-setting based on each youth’s ICDP, Right Turn promotes employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living.

Check out related Right Turn resources:

Visit IEL’s Right Turn website for more information on the program

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