New Report: Federal Programs and Youth Workers

Posted by on February 23, 2009

Coalition report describes federal youth work programs

Policymakers increasingly view youth development and after-school programs as solutions to a host of problems confronting youth, communities and our country overall. Yet, funds for these programs as a whole are scarce and when resources are devoted to training or workforce development, they appear to be included as afterthoughts or minor priorities.

The Next Generation Youth Work Coalition undertook a scan of a broad range of federal programs to determine how federal funds are being used to strengthen, support and retain youth workers, afterschool staff and other out of school time staff and to begin dialogue about increasing policy supports for this workforce that we trust to foster the positive development of our nation’s young people.

A copy of the group’s federal policy scan can be downloaded here.

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