Employment Resources

Improving RHY Chances to Secure Future “Good Jobs”

This article from Brookings provides an overview of key takeaways from a study on employment at age 29 conducted in 2018 with Child Trends. By comparing employment quality for 29-year-olds from disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged backgrounds, researchers identified factors that make the most difference in the work lives of disadvantaged young people. These include receiving higher wages in early jobs, participating in career and technical programs that are relationship-based, and earning education credentials.

Read the article here: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/11/14/six-takeaways-on-how-young-adults-find-good-jobs/


The Debt Danger of Certificate Programs

According to new analysis from the Hechinger Report and NBC News, many private, for-profit schools that offer certificate programs and promises of higher-wage jobs for graduates actually put students in serious financial debt and leave them earning less than people with certificates from public programs. Runaway and homeless youth looking to improve their chances of finding work through certificate programs should avoid for-profit programs and stick with community colleges and public certificate programs.

Read more here: https://hechingerreport.org/they-just-saw-me-as-a-dollar-sign-how-some-certificate-schools-profit-from-vulnerable-students/


Benefits of Employing RHY

Central City Concern, a job training and placement organization that provides six months of paid training in the coffee business to homeless mothers in Portland, Ore., was featured in June 2019 in Oregon Business. The program reports benefits not only for employees—who gain skills, income and confidence—but also for businesses seeking reliable long-term workers. Before developing the program, Central City Concern identified the unique scheduling and workplace needs of mothers experiencing homelessness, and matched these to a specific industry whose structure was a “fit.”

Read the series on business solutions and homelessness here: 


Making Pay for Success Work for RHY Programs

Urban Institute engaged researchers, practitioners, and local government officials involved in Pay for Success (PFS) initiatives to assess the challenges faced by young people aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems, and how PFS may fund programs that fill critical gaps. The resulting report provides an overview of the PFS model, considerations for structuring projects, and descriptions of PFS-funded programs, like one that finances permanent supportive housing for youth aging out of care.

Download the report here:


Practice Brief: Strengthening School and Workforce Partnerships for RHY

From the National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE), this practice brief describes the array of education and workforce supports available to RHY who are in or out of school, and their key program features. The brief includes examples of how programs partner successfully at the local level, and offers suggestions for building cross-sector partnerships.

Download the brief here: https://nche.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/labor-ed-collab.pdf


Youth Jobs Platform Uses Tech to Increase Employment

Between 2015 and 2017, young people participating in Boston’s SuccessLink summer employment program helped members of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative project develop a new app that improves youths’ access to job opportunities. The resulting open-source Youth Jobs Platform led to improved efficiency and outcomes—for example, doubling the number of completed applications, and increasing the number of youth hired by 20%. Urban Institute’s full report includes lessons learned about leveraging technology to improve youth services.

Access the full report here: 


Five Ways You Can Help RHY Like Themselves More

This article from Greater Good Science Center discusses research on activities and practices that positively impact young people’s self-concept. RHY programs should consider adding opportunities for regular exercise, teaching young people self-compassion, creating a culture of learning, and identifying and leveraging unique character strengths rather than just assessing skills. The article also describes the benefits of service learning, an element already common to many RHY programs.

Read the full article here:


RHY Employment Interventions Supports by Integrated Clinical Services

A recent study of 72 young people ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, CA compared outcomes from an employment program using a social enterprise approach to one with a more traditional ‘placement and support’ approach. In both, young people employed at baseline were eight times more likely than their peers to be employed at the 20-month follow up, highlighting the importance of getting RHY into the workforce. Researchers also noted that engagement rates for employment programming were significantly higher than those for medical, mental health or substance abuse services, suggesting employment programs have elements that youth prefer.

Read the study here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/696372


School, Work, and Waiting: The Activities of PACE Control Group Participants

This brief, published by HHS/ACF, summarizes findings from in-depth interviews with 39 members of the control group in the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study. PACE is a rigorous evaluation of nine career pathways programs. PACE used an experimental design in which eligible applicants were randomly assigned to a treatment group that could access the program under study or a control group that could not.

Read the full brief here: 


YouthBuild-Related TEGLs & TENs

The TENs and TEGLs one-pager provides a summary document of YouthBuild related guidance and information documents, as well as helpful information on understanding the difference between a TEN and a TEGL and how to find all TENs and TEGLs on the Department of Labor website.

Learn more and download the 1-pager here: 

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