With support from the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the YEF Institute has launched a new, 16-month technical assistance initiative focused on improving education, work and family outcomes for black men and boys.
The YEF Institute has received support from the Open Society Institute (OSI) to engage municipal leaders in OSI's Campaign for Black Male Achievement, a multi-issue, cross-fund strategy to address black men and boys' exclusion from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States. As part of the Campaign, the YEF Institute's Municipal Leadership for Black Male Achievement initiative will strengthen municipal leaders' capacity to improve outcomes for young black males in the areas of education, work and family.
Striving to help cities reduce dropout rates and improve students' educational outcomes, the YEF Institute, along with its partners in the Association for High School Innovation (AHSI) network and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, worked intensively with the cities of Indianapolis, Nashville, and Newark to establish new innovation-model alternative schools for students who struggle in traditional high school settings.
The YEF Institute and the American Youth Policy Forum, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, planned a series of workshops and field trips to help local leaders learn about exemplary efforts to reach struggling students and out-of-school youth and expanding options and alternatives for high school-aged young people. The field trips were planned as part of Phase III of the Municipal Leadership for Disconnected Youth initiative.
With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the YEF Institute worked with six cities - Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Newark, N.J.; Orlando, Fla.; Roanoke, Va.; and St. Louis - to help municipal leaders reengage disconnected youth through cross-system collaboration.
This intensive, two-year technical assistance project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped the cities of Corpus Christi, Texas, Hartford, Conn., Phoenix, Ariz., San Antonio, Texas, and San Jose, Calif., expand options and alternatives for students who struggle in traditional high school settings. Lessons learned from cities' experiences are documented in a report on Expanding Options: City Roles in Creating High School Alternatives for Struggling Students.