The Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) launched the District's Reengagement Center in 2014 to re-engage some 7,500 out-of-school youth.

Many cities are home to a large number of young adults who have not finished school, and lack a clear pathway to do so. In response, a growing number of cities have put specific strategies in place for these youth. These efforts include the establishment of one-stop reengagement centers or virtual equivalents that offer a range of services, including referrals to school completion options and support to re-enroll. 

As the Reengagement Network hub, NLC assists cities in exploring and pursuing reengagement policy and programming through: 

  • Technical assistance for strategy and goal setting
  • Guidance as to best use of an extensive library of examples and models
  • Referrals to peers and consultants
  • Adopting the common accountability framework
  • Participating in Network conference calls and in-person meetings
  • Participating in the annual Reengagement Plus! Convening

Network participants come from reengagement program sponsors or host agencies including city departments, school districts, nonprofit organizations and community colleges.

Reengagement: Bringing Students Back to America's Schools
Reengagement Network
Annual Reengagement Census

The National League of Cities conducts an Annual Reengagement Census to collect data from reengagement centers or programs. The aggregate results from the census are shared below. 

2013-14 Census

2014-15 Census

2016-16 Census


Resources for city officials exploring options for creating a reengagement center or program for out-of-school youth.

Reengagement Centers & Programs (GoogleDrive)

Network members and NLC staff regularly post new and relevant examples, articles, tools, and policies to this shared folder. 

America's Promise Alliance: Building a Grad Nation

Bringing Students Back to the Center

Citiesspeak Blog Posts

The official NLC blog has published posts that specifically highlight the latest reengagement efforts around the county.