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 U.S. The Municipal Leadership for Black Male Achievement initiative will strengthen city leaders' capacity to improve outcomes for young black males in education, work and family.
In June 2009, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and U.S. Department of Labor, the YEF Institute selected 12 cities to participate in a learning community focused on using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to strengthen local youth employment efforts. The cities of Dubuque, Iowa; Manchester, Conn.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Tucson, Ariz., were selected to receive additional technical assistance in connecting older youth to employment opportunities and helping them attain educational certifications.
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.
In partnership with the National Transitional Jobs Network, the Center for Employment Opportunities, and the Transitional Work Corporation, the YEF Institute helped seven cities design transitional jobs programs. The project was funded by the Joyce Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts.
Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Joyce Foundation, this project helped 10 cities establish transitional jobs programs for hard-to-employ individuals. Lessons from these cities' initiatives are available in the YEF Institute report below.