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1 1 Pathways to Success by 21 A Collaboration of State and Regional Partners Supporting Youth

2 2 Statewide Steering Committee Department of Education Board of Higher Education Commonwealth Corporation Department of Mental Health Department of Social Services Department of Transitional Assistance Department of Youth Services Department of Workforce Development Division of Career Services Executive Office of Community Colleges Institute for Community Inclusion Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Massachusetts Workforce Board Association Metro South Workforce Investment Board Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board Youth Empowerment Inc

3 3 Our Common Challenge Economic & Life Success for Youth Impact of Degree Attainment on Income (next slide) Youth transition is a national focus across services/agencies: Graduation/Drop Outs DSS/DYS Youth Youth with Disabilities (MPYE) Low-income, low-skilled Youth with Mental Health Issues

4 4 Impact of Education on Income

5 5 P21 Process (to-date) History of P21 Two Prong Approach State Level Steering Committee, Tri-Chaired by DWD, DOE, HHS (Youth Voice) Regional Teams (Youth Voice) Regional Planning Grants to Create Action Plans Analysis of Regional Action Plans Creation of Statewide Strategic Action Plan Prioritize Action Steps with Leadership 400+ regional/state partners participated: more to go!

6 6 What did we hear? Youth Connections to Adults Holistic Approach - Family and Community Support Systems New Learning Environments – Small, Flexible, Youth Friendly Practice Opportunities – Employability and Life Skills Drop Agency Perspective – Partnership, Coordination, Innovation Regional Strategic Action Plans Caring Adults for at-risk youth (15) Access to key information (15) Focus on drop-out prevention & recovery strategies and resources - (14) Partnership and coordination (14) Availability of skills/training opportunities for youth (12)

7 7 What are we doing? Nine Statewide Strategies Identified Action Matrix Five Prioritized by Leadership Regional Implementation Pilots Model coordinated service design, delivery with youth partners in 16 regions Other agencies considering joint funding models

8 8 Strategy #1 Public Awareness Strategy #3 Early Intervention Strategy #4 Outreach & Support Strategy #2 Early Identification Strategy #8 Persistent Barriers Strategy #9 Share Data Strategy #5 Increase Alt. Ed. & Training Pathways to Success by 21 Statewide Strategic Priorities Strategy #6 Work-Readiness Assessment Strategy #7 Persistent Barriers

9 9 Deliverables Short-Term: Resource Map Long-Term: Youth Web Portal Phone Book for non-internet access Messaging Campaign (Youth & Families) Strategy 1: Public Awareness

10 10 Strategies 2 & 3: Early Identification & Intervention Recognized list of risk indicators and guidelines Inventory of assessment tools, alignment across agencies Use of MDOE data to identify high-risk students, graduation/drop out data released Spring 2007 Schools get credit for alternative degrees earned (incentive for referrals) - done Statewide Drop-Out Prevention Conference (successful models)

11 11 Strategy 4: Outreach & Support Gap analysis of state/federal resources supporting case management Eligibility analysis across funding streams – reduced barriers to enrollment Align service connections, case management and referrals for transitioning youth

12 12 Strategy 5: Expand Alternative Pathways for Youth Resource Map to describe gaps in funding Build state support for increased funding

13 13 New work readiness assessment tool to improve youth employment outcomes Based on streamlined Work- Based Learning Plan Expand use of standard tool beyond MDOE and DWD Strategy 6: Work Readiness Assessment for Youth

14 14 Cross-agency trainings 101 forum CORI, Case Management, etc Integration of multi-agency focus in professional development Statewide Calendar of PD Long-term: Core competencies for youth workers Strategy 7: Unified Staff Development Strategy

15 15 Strategy 8: Address Persistent Barriers Work with Lt. Governors Council on Homelessness and Housing Connect with DMH initiative on supports for transitioning youth CORI trainings across youth workers to address (jointly sponsored) Long-term: Transportation Issues

16 16 Process Measures for statewide P21 Identification of statewide youth indicators across agencies - discrete projects Build off of K-16 data warehouse On-line source of information Add matching from other agencies Strategy 9: Share Data

17 17 Youth Need Cross-Agency Support: DYS Example DYS Youth Touch Multiple Agencies Typically between the ages 14-17; 87% male 80 % report witnessing violence and met criteria for PTSD 79 % self-reported substance abuse 75 % of girls report DSS involvement 55 % of boys report DSS involvement 40 % were receiving DTA assistance 40% received special education services 45% previous out-of-home placement by another agency 87% from non-traditional homes 40% families on public assistance 75% with prior probation 35% self report weekly alcohol use 50% self report weekly marijuana use

18 18 Reducing DYS Youth Employment Barriers Through P-21 Strategies Outreach & Support Community Network of Caring Adults – align cross-agency networks (P21 strategy 4) Increase Alternative Education & Training Work Readiness DYS provides Educational, Medical, Mental Health and Substance Abuse services at it 63 24/7 sites Improved access to work readiness and employment programs for DYS youth -- work with DOE/P21 team on core employability competencies to integrate with DYS educational & vocational programming (P21 Strategy 6) Staff Development Increase cross –training opportunities to promote consistency among youth worker staff (P21 Strategy 7) Employment Barriers Working within the CORI system to maximize each DYS youths employment options – working with state partners on joint CORI trainings! (P21 Strategies 7 & 8) Assist transitioning youth with Medical & Behavioral Healthcare opportunities Promoting success stories among workforce partners

19 19 P21 Results – So Far Regional P21 Action Plans & Implementation Grants Dedication of cross-agency resources to regional implementation grants Cross-Agency, Action Plan (& Ownership) RFP for Youth Web Portal Cross-Training/Calendar of PD Cross-agency forums for front-line staff 101 on state agency services/resources Identified Policy and Regulatory Changes Cross-agency resource mapping (draft) Cross-agency eligibility mapping (draft)

20 20 CONTACT INFORMATION Jennifer James Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development

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