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2.1 Target Youth
2.1.1 The program targets, recruits and enrolls young people who would benefit from its services and activities.
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Youth participants and alumni recruit new participants
Enroll youth through a formal selection process
Recruit youth in their own environment
Implement an active public relations strategy
Adjust focus/method of youth recruitment to meet changing needs of community
2.1.2 The program develops referral linkages with other organizations and agencies connected to its target youth.
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Recruit youth participants through collaborative effort with schools and local agencies
Recruit youth through One-Stop Career Center
2.1.3 The program ensures frequency and length of participation are sufficient for targeted youth to achieve performance goals.
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2.1.4 The program designs activities appropriate to the ages and developmental stages of the participants.
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Sequence activities to youth experience series of successes and increased responsibility
Match work experience, internships, etc. to student interest, maturity and skills
Design different kinds of activities/program elements appropriate for different age groups, maturity levels and skill sets
Provide an age-appropriate curriculum

 

2.2 Environment & Climate
2.2.1 The program implements policies and procedures to ensure the physical and emotional safety of participating youth.
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2.2.2 The program maintains an environment in which youth feel comfortable, cared for, valued and challenged to reach their potential.
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Leadership purposefully infuses youth development approach
Generate an atmosphere conducive to youth development
Offer opportunities for youth to showcase their work and skills
Recognize youths' achievements
2.2.3 Program sets and promotes standards of behavior that include clear, consistent and fair rules, limits, expectations and consequences for misconduct.
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Establish high expectations and communicate belief that youth can meet and exceed them
Offer incentives for good performance
2.2.4 The program enforces standards of behavior consistently.
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2.2.5 The physical space, programs and services allow youth with and without disabilities to participate and benefit fully.
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2.2.6 The program identifies and counteracts any instances of racism and discrimination of any type that may occur within its own organization.
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Promote ways to address issues of discrimination and/or institutional racism within initiative, parent organization and/or community

 

2.3 Instructional Approach
2.3.1 The program engages youth as active participants in the learning process throughout program activities.
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2.3.2 The program incorporates content that is personally relevant to participating youth.
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2.3.3 The program provides opportunities for youth to engage in self assessment and reflection on their learning.
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Engage youth in self-assessment, reflection and/or provide opportunities to deal with interpersonal issues
Provide a structure for youth to reflect on and discuss their work experiences
2.3.4 The program is responsive to diverse styles and rates of learning.
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Individualize academic instruction/remediation
2.3.5 The program provides youth with opportunities to explore, experiment and test their own ideas.
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Youth manage businesses and projects
2.3.6 The program uses assessment tools to identify individual learning needs and measure progress.
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None Currently  

 

2.4 Collaboration
2.4.1 The program develops partnerships that expand offerings and fulfill program and youth needs.
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Act as service broker to build network of service
Build strong collaborative partnerships with local school district(s)
Develop partnerships to expand offerings and fulfill program needs
Develop collaborations for initiative's specific youth population (youth offenders, foster care, youth with disabilities, etc.)
Build strong internal collaborations among departments/segments of sponsoring organization
Improve connection between school system and specific youth population
2.4.2 The program continually seeks potential resources and partners.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Involve funders in the initiative programmatically as well as fiscally

 

2.5 Individual Planning and Guidance
2.5.1 The program conducts a comprehensive, objective assessment of factors relevant to academic and career goal-setting and service planning for each young person.
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Provide a comprehensive, objective assessment of academic levels, skill levels and service needs of each participant
2.5.2 Staff and youth use assessment data to set appropriate academic and career goals and create an individual written plan for program participation.
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Help each participant to identify employment/education/development goals, develop a plan to attain them, and track progress
2.5.3 The program has a system by which an adult or team of adults monitors and manages each youth's individual plan and progress.
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Establish system of designated adult advocates for the youth
Case management
Create a team of adults to look out for and oversee the progress of each participant
Implement a case management approach (individually or in teams) to coordinate appropriate services for each participant
2.5.4 Youth and staff periodically reflect on progress and revise the plan as needed
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2.5.5
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2.5.6 The program works with other systems with which its participants are involved, e.g., schools, foster care, juvenile justice, to streamline and coordinate service planning and delivery and avoid duplication.
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None Currently  

 

2.6 Wrap-Around Support
2.6.1 The program helps youth identify their personal assets and needs and develop a strategy for support services and asset building.
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Establish system (case management, individual service plan, individual training account) to custom tailor services according to each youth's needs, interests, and goals
2.6.2 The program connects youth to appropriate support services, activities and opportunities at the program and/or within the community.
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Take advantage of services and support linkages offered by parent organization
Structure opportunities that build on assets as well as needs
Offer targeted services for particular group of participants
Identify and provide access to needed supportive services

 

2.7 Youth Engagement
2.7.1 The program provides progressive opportunities for all participants to make meaningful contributions to program development, decision making and continuous improvement activities.
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Youth participate in decision making through a student government or other formal process
2.7.2 The program provides training and support to staff, volunteers and/or other adults in how to develop youth-adult partnerships and support youth engagement.
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Ensure adults have training, preparation or experience to support positive youth development
2.7.3 The program provides youth with training and support, including logistical resources, to enable and enhance their engagement.
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2.7.4 The program regularly solicits and uses input from youth to tailor program offerings to youth interests and needs.
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Encourage and support youth input
Youth are active in the design and delivery of program services

 

2.8 Employer Engagement
2.8.1 The program involves employers to ensure its workforce development activities are relevant to current employment opportunities and future employer needs in the region.
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Employers provide instructional staff and training facilities and materials
Engage employers in active roles such as steering committees and advisory councils  
Invite employers to provide instructional staff, training facilities, assistance in developing curriculum
Involve employers in career awareness activities
Engage employers in active roles such as steering committees and advisory councils
2.8.2 The program works with employers to connect youth to work experiences, work-based learning and employment opportunities.
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Employer runs the program or is intimately involved in governance and program design
Develop range of employer linkages to provide permanent jobs
Employers provide work experience opportunities
2.8.3 The program provides on-going assistance and support to employers who provide work experience and employment for youth participants.
Strategies/Approaches PEPNet Awardee Examples
Create sustainable businesses that successfully integrate youth employment opportunities and youth development services
Provide on-going support to employers providing work experience and employment opportunities

 

2.9 Transition Support
2.9.1 The program ensures that all youth have a plan for how they will continue to pursue and achieve academic and career goals.
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2.9.2 The program coordinates with appropriate agencies as a youth prepares for transition.
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None Currently  
2.9.3 The program design includes appropriate transition activities and supports for at least one year.
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"Buddy" system for students entering college  
Provide transition services to employment or continued education
Track participant progress and provide services for at least one year post-program
Provide intensive support immediately after starting job; continue support services and contact for two or more years post-placement
Provide support to participants accepted in college  
Continue connection and involvement of alumni

 

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