Category: Dropout Reengagement

The Future of Work for Opportunity Youth

Opportunity youth comprise a large share of the nearly five million 16-24 year olds out of school and out of work across the U.S. The group has one of the least secure footholds in the evolving structure of employment. Not only do these young people lack jobs; many also lack the training and credentials to

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NLC Reengagement Network Releases New Tools for Cities

With the release of two new tools for cities this week, the National League of Cities Reengagement Network is adding to the universe of resources for implementing or adopting comprehensive strategies to reconnect opportunity youth to jobs, education and civic life. The annual Reengagement Census, updated with information from 20 sites for the 2016-17 school

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Tailoring Reengagement Strategies For America’s ‘Opportunity Youth’

As American as apple pie, “freedom” and “opportunity” are the ideals our country is supposed to represent — and that every city leader strives toward. But for too many young people today, opportunity is a promise unfulfilled, and their freedom to choose what to do, who to be, and how to live is only nominal.

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The Future of Work for Communities Across America

This article is part of an NLC series on the future of work in America’s cities. Work defines so much of what and who people are. Since the very beginning of cities, some version of work has defined our days, our conceptions of time and our sense of self. The consistency of our relationship with

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NLC Hosts Convening in Philadelphia to Explore Youth Reengagement Strategies

Christina Grant, Assistant Superintendent of the Opportunity/Innovation Network at the School District of Philadelphia, leads a discussion group at the Sixth Annual Reengagement Plus! Convening in Philadelphia last month. (Photo credit: Indira Jimenez) Last month, the National League of Cities partnered with the Philadelphia Youth Network, the National Youth Employment Coalition, and the School District

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For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work

NLC’s 2016 Reengagement census suggests a very positive return on investment for cities that pursue a systematic approach to academic reenrollment programs. The newest census of dropout reengagement programs from the National League of Cities (NLC) shows continuing growth in this field designed to plug a critical gap for several million youth and young adults

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Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education

Both cities and the federal government want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at a local and national level – but the legal and fiscal powers of both levels of government are limited, and the policies of the new administration will likely complicate this dynamic even more. In the

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Cities Can Lead National Effort to Get More Young People Working Again

Here are three specific areas in which cities and their partners can continue to demonstrate effective practices, adopt supportive policies, and determine what’s needed to grow initiatives that benefit more youth. “A country for all, and all working when able.” If more city leaders were to adopt this vision – along with those of us

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State of the Reengagement Network in 2014 and Beyond

Opening the 2014 Reengagement Plus convening in Portland, Oregon last week, I observed that the Reengagement Network deserves a moment of quiet celebration. Quiet because of recent tragic events in several communities directly affecting youth; celebratory because collectively, we have had a tremendous impact this year. (Getty Images) In my opening remarks, I outlined how

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Reno Tackles Reengagement

Reno, Nev., joins the growing number of cities across the country that are using reengagement centers to address the needs of young people who have left high school. Photo credit: Washoe County School District “Two staff members of the Reengagement Center provided my only support. Otherwise I was alone. Because of them, I’m graduating in

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