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A Guide to Employment and Career Development for Youth and Young Adults

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Connect for Kids (CFK)

Work Readiness: Sending Foster Care Kids into the Force

This 1999 article was updated in 2002 and contains several useful suggestions on improving connections between child welfare and youth employment systems. Journalist Susan Kellam describes how organizations like Covenant House, Job Corps, private employers and community organizations can work together to provide a safety net for youth aging out of foster care. Connect for Kids is a national information resource and is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, the Freddie Mac Foundation, Casey Family Services, and the Youth Transition Funders Group. The CFK Weekly features lists of funding resources, and articles on policy and practice. Recent issues include articles on school sports, afterschool programs, No Child Left Behind, and child health and safety.

www.connectforkids.org/node/99

KIDS COUNT Data Book 2004, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Essay: Moving Youth From Risk to Opportunity

KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for our children. The link below introduces the 15th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which includes specific information on the importance of investing in America’s disconnected youth. The essay features specific examples of programs that serve youth in care, high school dropouts, incarcerated youth, and our most academically at-risk youth. Highlighted educational programs include the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., the Julia Richmond Education Complex in New York City, and the West Side Technical Institute at the Richard J. Daley College in Chicago.
www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={EB49FC5E-E1EC-49EC-94D7-412886C6F29D}

Youth Council Institute (YCi), New Ways to Work

Youth Council Institute Info Search: Services to Foster Youth Through One-Stop Centers

Established in July 2001 by the California Workforce Investment Board to assist California's 50 Youth Councils in creating comprehensive, local youth-serving systems, YCi is currently working with California's youth councils and is supported by CalWIB and New Ways to Work and the California Workforce Association. This six page handout contains summaries of 13 local partnerships (12 in California and one in Washington State) that range from rural Kings County to the City of Los Angeles. These partnerships include resources from Independent Living, Casey Family Program, Department of Rehabilitation, County Human Services, local housing authorities, county probation offices, and Job Corps, among others.
www.nww.org/yci/YCinfo_Foster_Youth_10_02.pdf

Guide to Federal Funding Sources for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and Other Youth Initiatives

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative asked The Finance Project to develop a funding guide that catalogs and describes federal funding programs that can support youth initiatives. This 174-page Guide to Federal Funding Sources for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and Other Youth Initiatives is intended to provide policy and program leaders and other decision makers working with foster care and other disadvantaged youth an information resource of the federal funding sources currently available that can potentially support their program goals. This information will assist the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and other youth initiatives to assess the applicability of available federal resources for their initiatives as well as begin to think about how to access them. This type of strategic financing analysis can help to ensure that vulnerable youth have access to a needed array of supports and services within their communities.
www.financeprojectinfo.org/Publications/JCYOI%20Funding%20Guide.pdf

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