Barbara Langford

New Resource Guide from California Homeless Youth Project

The California Homeless Youth Project (CHYP) published a new resource guide for students experiencing basic needs insecurity at California’s public colleges and universities, entitled Emergency Housing, Food, & Financial Resources for Undergraduates at California’s Public Colleges and Universities. Funded by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation and California Wellness Foundation, the resource guide builds on CHYP’s recentRead More

Los Angeles County Elevates Youth Voices in Systems Reform

Our very own YTFG Fellows, Lucero Noyola and Carmen Noyola, played a critical role in advocating for the creation of Los Angeles County’s first-ever Youth Commission which elevates the voices of youth in policy and programming decisions at the county level. To learn more about the Commission see this Chronicle of Social Change article.  “When weRead More

Raikes Foundation Helps Bring Geelong Project to King County, WA

The Geelong Project is an early intervention model developed in Australia that has demonstrated success in keeping students in school and off of the streets when they are found to be at risk for homelessness. The Tukwila School District plans to launch a pilot later this year and it is hoped that other King CountyRead More

Scaling High Quality Youth Apprenticeship Programs

A white paper released last month by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices highlights steps governors are taking to promote and expand youth apprenticeship opportunities in their states, recognizing the increasing importance of postsecondary or industry-recognized credentials to help high-school graduates succeed in their careers. The white paper explores four case studies ofRead More

NGA Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Topic Paper

The National Governors Association recently published a topic paper on dual and concurrent enrollment programs that details how these programs can help states overcome workforce readiness and postsecondary access and completion challenges and how governors can strengthen them. The paper offers a number of examples of how governors are already acting to strengthen equity andRead More

State Financial Aid Barriers for Students Impacted by the Justice System

The Education Commission of the States recently released a policy outline that provides an overview of state financial aid access for students enrolled in prison postsecondary education programs or students with prior criminal convictions who are enrolled in postsecondary education outside of prison. The outline also references related reports providing in-depth policy analysis and helpfulRead More

Family First Transition Act Information Memoranda

On January 22nd the Children’s Bureau issued ACYF-CB-IM-20-01, which informs state and tribal title IV-E agencies of the enactment of the Family First Transition Act and provides basic information on the new law. 

Promise of Adolescence Webinar Series

You may recall the release of The Promise of Adolescence in August of 2019 which is a report that examines the neurobiological and sociobehavioral science of adolescent development and identifies how these findings can be applied to four key sectors: child welfare, education, health, and justice. Over the past several decades, research has fundamentally changed our understandingRead More

Introducing the YTFG Fellow Blog

We’re excited to launch a new blog series authored by our YTFG Fellows! Enjoy the first blog posting of this series — a reflection on our Houston meeting site visit to the Las Americas school written by Amanda Shabowich.  Las Americas thoughtfully blends social emotional programming with academics and English language services to prepare newcomers forRead More

GAO Releases Report on Education for Students in Foster Care

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, Education Could Help States Improve Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care, finding that the Department of Education should do more to help states provide educational stability for students in foster care. Federal law requires states to ensure that students in foster care stay in their schoolRead More

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