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Learning from the Youth Opportunity Experience: Building Delivery Capacity in Distressed Communities

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Publication Date: February 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Linda Harris

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Population and demographics (Native races)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In 2000, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded significant Youth Opportunity (YO) Grants to 36 high-poverty urban, rural, and Native American communities. The grants were designed to serve all young people in these areas, regardless of income or connection to school or work. Communities were required to assess and integrate existing youth-serving systems and agencies to support education, work exposure, youth development, and other services for young people. Despite evidence of considerable community accomplishments, the YO grants were ended in 2005. This report, based on a survey of 22 of the 36 sites, examines the approaches, strengths, challenges, and lessons learned, and offers recommendations for policy and practice.

Supplementary file: a 4-page Executive Summary of the report.