Tools & Resources

  • Case Study: Combining Urban Forestry with Youth Employment Opportunities (2011)

    This brief case study highlights how an urban forestry initiative in New Haven, Conn., has brought together multiple city departments, a community-based organization and Yale University together to create workforce development opportunities for youth from low-income families as well as formerly incarcerated residents.

  • Publicly-Funded Jobs: An Essential Strategy for Reducing Poverty and Economic Stress Throughout the Business Cycle (2010)

    Originally presented at an Urban Institute conference on Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA held in January 2010, this paper - coauthored by Clifford M. Johnson, executive director of the YEF Institute; Amy Rynell, director of the National Transitional Jobs Network; and Melissa Young, associate director of the National Transitional Jobs Project - makes the case for using public-service employment (PSE) and transitional jobs programs to combat economic recession and advance long-term workforce development goals. The paper was originally presented at an Urban Institute conference on Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA held in January 2010.

  • Cities Pave the Way: Promising Reentry Policies that Promote Local Hiring of People with Criminal Records (2010)

    This report published by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the YEF Institute highlights innovative local hiring policies that enable people with criminal records to find work, live within the law and give back to their communities. The guide highlights an emerging trend in which cities "ban the box" that asks about an individual's criminal record on city job applications.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Family Economic Success Chapter (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. The chapter on family economic success highlights a broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Youth in Transition Chapter (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. The chapter on youth in transition highlights a broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership.

  • Beyond City Limits: Cross-System Collaboration to Reengage Disconnected Youth (2007)

    This case study report highlights eight cities where municipal leaders have collaborated across public systems on behalf of disconnected youth.

  • Transitional Jobs: A Workforce Strategy for Cities (2006)

    This report highlights local efforts to develop transitional jobs programs, which provide time-limited, wage-paying jobs - typically in public and nonprofit agencies - combined with skill development activities and related support services to help hard-to-employ participants be hired in and retain unsubsidized jobs. This report describes lessons learned from NLC's 2002-04 Transitional Jobs technical assistance project, in which nine cities designed transitional jobs programs to help residents overcome significant barriers to work.

  • Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth (2006)

    This American Youth Policy Forum report provides background on the high school dropout problem and describes what 12 communities are doing to reconnect dropouts to education and employment training. It also includes descriptions of major national program models serving out-of-school youth.

  • Reengaging Disconnected Youth (2005)

    This action kit highlights steps city officials can take to help young people who are not connected to school, work, or caring adults. The kit recommends steps that cities can take to promote educational achievement, develop stronger workforce connections, support youth in transition from the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and build a citywide system of support.

  • Financing Transitional Jobs: A Strategic Guide to Federal Financing Sources (2003)

    This report, produced in partnership with the Finance Project, explores federal funding sources and financing options for transitional jobs programs that serve three targeted populations: ex-offenders, homeless individuals, and youth.

  • Trends in Black Male Joblessness and Year-Round Idleness: An Employment Crisis Ignored (2004)

    This study by the Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies provides an overview of the long-term deterioration in the labor market position of black teens and young adults.

  • Leaving Young Workers Behind (2003)

    This study by the Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies provides an overview of the long-term deterioration in the labor market position of black teens and young adults.