Presentation on theme: "Re-engaging High School Dropouts: A Workforce and Economic Development Strategy for Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bill Bartle Youth Policy Director."— Presentation transcript:
Re-engaging High School Dropouts: A Workforce and Economic Development Strategy for Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bill Bartle Youth Policy Director Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children www.papartnerships.org www.operationrestart.org
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) is a strong, effective and trusted voice for improving the health, education and well- being of children and youth in the Commonwealth. PPC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research- based child advocacy organization that receives no government funding. Who We Are
Our Vision The vision of PPC is that by 2014 it has helped PA move into position as one of the top 10 states in the nation to be a child and to raise a child. Pennsylvania currently is ranked 23rd in a state-by-state study on the well-being of Americas children by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
All children have access to health care that assures their healthy development. All children and youth are raised in loving and knowledgeable families free from abuse and neglect. All children enter school ready to learn. All children have access to effective after-school and youth development programs. All children have access to high-quality public education through post-secondary completion. Our Agenda
Dropouts are an Issue for Pennsylvania Last year more than 34,000 young people – 190 students every school day – do not make it to graduation with their class In PA there are nearly 110,000 16-24 year olds who have dropped out of school –Delaware County – 3,853
Dropouts Earn Less Median Annual Earnings by Education Attainment in PA (age 25-64)
Dropouts are More Likely to be Unemployed Unemployment Rate by Educational Attainment in PA (percentage for persons 25-64)
Dropouts are More Likely to Live in Poverty Poverty Rate by Educational Attainment in PA (percentage for persons age 25-64)
Dropouts Impact Our Communities (-$683) $6,067 $9,485 $16,962 Mean Net Fiscal Contribution by Educational Attainment in PA
Operation Restart Campaign Built upon work already going on around dropouts –PA Youth in Transition/RCEPS –Project U-Turn –PA Dropout Summit Planning Committee –WIB Committee for the Workforce of Tomorrow Convened statewide stakeholders Developed Campaign Vision/Goal Statement –Ensure all Pennsylvania young people (to age 25) who lack a secondary credential have access to high-quality educational options that lead to a high school diploma or GED and postsecondary and/or industry credentials preparing them for a career with a self/family-sustaining wage.
Setting the Public Policy Agenda State-Level Agenda Convene cross-departmental workgroup to analyze data and develop state re-engagement strategy Measure and report dropout and re-engagement data Local Partnerships Develop/sustain local collaboratives, supported with state and federal funds, to analyze local dropout populations and create strategy to improve educational attainment
Setting the Public Policy Agenda Education Models Dedicate funding for small, recovery-focused high schools/charter schools Create incentives for school districts and career and technical schools to re-engage dropouts Support ABLE programs to incorporate transitions to postsecondary Incentivize evidence-based targeted strategies for at-risk populations Increase opportunities for re-engaging dropouts to participate in dual enrollment
Setting the Public Policy Agenda Education Models (continued) Assure re-engagement options are rigorous and participants demonstrate proficiency of state standards Provide competency-based secondary and postsecondary credits when appropriate Assure college affordability policies include funding for re-engaging high school dropouts
Setting the Public Policy Agenda Support Services Establish local dropout re-engagement centers to provide assessment, counseling and referral services Authorize tax credits for employers who provide part-time employment for re-engaging young people Designate local or regional governmental offices to coordinate support services
Build Public Will –Mobilize individuals and organizations in support of public policy agenda and to build demand –Strategically communicate to increase awareness Engage Policymakers –Gubernatorial strategy –Transition to new Administration strategy –Legislative strategy in geo-political target areas/key committee leadership –Connect partners and grasstops and grassroots leaders to their local policymakers Operation Restart Advancing the Work
How You Can Help Advocate to make dropout re-engagement a priority in your community and in the Commonwealth –Contact local policymakers, gubernatorial campaigns, transition teams, new Administration –Write a letter-to-the-editor in support of Operation Restart –Advocacy Toolkit is available on the Operation Restart website – www.operationrestart.org Tell us about successful re-engagement programs in your area Continue the discussion in your area to develop strategy Join the Operation Restart campaign
For Additional Information or To Get Involved in Operation Restart Contact: Bill Bartle Youth Policy Director Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children firstname.lastname@example.org 717-236-5680
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