Navigating the Path to a Successful Career for Systems-Involved Youth

Posted by Juvenile Law Center on October 30, 2017

In August, Juvenile Law Center launched a series of blog posts based on our new report on improving access to career pathways for system-involved youth. The four-part series highlighted several initiatives taking place in Philadelphia that could be replicated elsewhere, and it featured interviews with key local stakeholders. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the ideas and programs featured in the series:


Part One: The Vitality of Vital Records: Bruce Morgan, an alum of our Youth Advocacy program who recently aged out of foster care, shared his story illustrating how important it is for system-involved youth to have access to their vital documents.

Part Two: New Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities: Highlighting a new pre-employment transition services program offered by JEVS Human Services, this post describes some of the creative workforce development programs that are possible under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Part Three: Providing Support for Trauma-Exposed Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: In this post, former OJJDP Administrator Bob Listenbee reflected on using a trauma-informed model to ensure that youth in the juvenile justice system benefit from career programming.

Part Four: A Closer Look at the Juvenile Justice Services Center of Philadelphia’s New Career and Technical Education Program: This post describes an innovative approach to bringing short-term CTE programs to youth in juvenile detention facilities, featuring an interview with Deana Ramsey, principal of the facility’s school.

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