UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC measures the social and economic success of its mission through Reduced Recidivism, Increased Employability, and Increased Educational Attainment.
Originally founded in 1998 as Dress for Success Midwest, Connections to Success is a nonprofit organization serving Kansas, Missouri and Illinois that empowers individuals in their transformation to economic stability. As an OFA Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education grantee, CTS provides workforce training, life coaching, relationship education, and intergenerational support to low-resourced individuals and families.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) recently announced an application solicitation to award cooperative agreements to state agencies for participation in a TANF Policy Academy for Innovative Employment Strategies (PAIES). PAIES is a series of technical assistance activities developed to help state TANF programs design, plan, and implement innovative and comprehensive approaches to increase employment outcomes for TANF participants through coaching and career pathways.
This brief from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation is aimed at practitioners interested in helping clients reach self-sufficiency by focusing on goal-making abilities. The brief describes the importance of the ability to set and achieve goals and what, when, and how to measure to determine a program's ability to help its participants with this need. Specific real-world program examples are highlighted throughout the brief.
This report from MDRC presents the interim impact findings from an ongoing evaluation of YouthBuild, a program that employs at-risk youth in the construction field, teaching them marketable skills while also supporting them to earn their high school diploma or GED. Many of the reported impacts from this randomized control trial were positive, and each is examined in the report.
This report, by Ernst & Young and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, uses 18 case studies to describe how corporate America is becoming involved in the youth mentoring movement. The authors provide best practices for corporate engagement including the thoughtful development of relationships with partners, investment in evidence-based programming, and targeted employee engagement.
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MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has been working to improve mentoring around the country. This link provides information for organizations to gain assistance in initiating their own effective mentoring programs to improve the lives and children and other members of low-income families.
The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) recently released the fourth edition of Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, which includes a collection of research-informed practices for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs. The report covers six core standards of practice: recruitment, screening, training, matching and initiating, monitoring and support, and closure. Each standard includes benchmarks and enhancements, as well as recommendations for program planning and management.
This toolkit from the Indiana Youth Institute showcases best practices in mentoring as a strategy to prepare students for career and college success. The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions on designing a successful program, recruiting and supporting mentors, and engaging the surrounding community.
This evaluation report from MEF Associates was prepared for the City of Seattle to evaluate their Career Bridge program. Career Bridge was developed as an alternative means of addressing recent gun violence in the city by addressing the employment barriers of low-income men of color. The report focuses on the implementation of the program as well as the employment outcomes for the first three program cohorts that completed the program in 2014.