Creating a Collaborative Approach to Prepare Youth for Success in a Global, Demand-Driven Economy
A Partnership between the U.S. Departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Justice, Education, Transportation; the U.S. Social Security Administration; and the Corporation for National and Community Service
In 2004, the Employment and Training Administration developed a new strategic vision to serve at-risk youth in response to the 2003 White House Taskforce Report on Disadvantaged Youth. The White House Report recommended a need to increase collaboration among youth serving federal agencies to better coordinate how Federal programs serve the neediest youth.
The Shared Youth Vision Federal Collaborative Partnership was formed and composed of several federal agencies to improve outcomes for the neediest youth. The White House Report identified the neediest youth as dropouts, foster youth, juvenile offenders, children of incarcerated parents, and migrant youth. The Partnership expanded this definition to include American Indian and Alaska Native youth along with youth with disabilities. These youth are an important part of the new workforce “supply pipeline” needed by businesses to fill job vacancies in the knowledge economy.
Over the past three years, the Shared Youth Vision Federal Collaborative Partnership has worked with states to support teams at both the state and local level to meet the needs of the nation’s most vulnerable youth. Other activities undertaken by the partnership include sponsoring a series of forums in 2004
, selecting 16 states
to serve as catalyst in the implementation of their shared youth vision, conducting a pilot project to demonstrate the effectiveness of state-level partnerships and programmatic outcomes, and developing an overall technical assistance plan to infuse the collaborative vision throughout the country.
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