Disconnected Youth Special Collection (Archived)

Jul 30, 2021
  • Description

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

Availability: 2016-2021

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.


Collection Themes:

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