This slide deck is a field scan of what selected school districts, foundations and nonprofit organizations are doing to prepare at-risk youth for further education, careers and life. Key findings show the importance of encouraging and supportive adults in youth's lives, and providing them places to go that are safe, nurturing and relevant to their own hopes for the future.
Long before high school, early prevention efforts can help keep kids on track to graduation.
Intervention can take many forms across systems and subsections of youth.
No single program can meet the needs of all youth at risk of disconnecting.
When a young person gets sidetracked, recovery systems can support re-entry into educational and career-development pathways.
Statements & Quotations
On a continuum of youth outcomes running from ‘thriving and poised for successful adulthood’ on one end to ‘chronically alienated and distressed’ on another, disconnected youth and youth at risk of falling into disconnection occupy a broad middle ground.
– MDC, Inc.
There is tremendous opportunity for thoughtful integration of systems working with youth at risk of disconnection. Too often, these systems – child and family services, mental health, juvenile justice – operate isolated from one another.
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