The Disconnected Youth Special Collection was available as a searchable online collection from 2016 until 2021. See "Special Collection on Disconnected Youth: Summary Brief" for collection methodology and a scoping summary. This document includes a bibliography detailing the contents of the collection. Titles continue to be accessible via www.issuelab.org.
Archived date: July 30, 2021
Collection title: Disconnected Youth Special Collection
Collection URL: https://disconnectedyouth.issuelab.org
Title count: 142 titles
Creator: IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center
Photo credit: Richard Ross, "Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice" (https://issuelab.org/permalink/resource/25544)
Description: For too many young people the transition to adulthood is characterized by isolation, joblessness, and a lack of educational opportunity or connection to caring community. In a far-reaching effort to help disconnected youth, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies across the U.S. are providing support in the form of shelters, job training, mentorship, college prep, job placement, and mental and reproductive health services. But in order to achieve success it is clear that these efforts require greater alignment and coordination. This special collection gathers the many lessons being learned in the field; lessons about the challenges in meeting the needs of disconnected youth and the promise of both new and more proven approaches.
Affected Community: Girls; Boys; Homeless Youth; African Americans; System-involved Youth; Latin-Americans; Immigrants & Migrants; Native Americans; Foster & Adoptive Children
Program Type: Juvenile Re-entry; Shelter & Residential Care; Family Services; Job Placement; Job Training; Secondary Education; Student Retention; College Preparation; Parent Education; Reproductive Health Services; Mental Health Services; Permanence; Youth Development; Youth Engagement; Transition Planning; Youth Mentoring
Funding Source: Federal Government; State Government; Philanthropy
Common Obstacles: Insufficient Funding; Lack of Capacity; Programmatic Silos; Insufficient Data or Knowledge
Promising Approaches: Cross-system Integration; Pooling Funds; Cultural Competency; Community Connectedness; Racial Equity Lens; Cradle to College; Post-Program Support; Justice System Reform; Educational System Reform; Foster Care System Reform