Disconnected youth in the District have a number of key needs and face critical gaps in services to meet those needs. These include:

  • a lack of alternative pathways to education and employment with few programmatic options beyond traditional high school;
  • disparate and unconnected services from a range of agencies and community organizations;
  • a lack of quality assurance related to those services;
  • little information on available resources and opportunities; and
  • a lack of key supports including housing, transportation, and mental health care.

Download Disconnected Youth Issue Brief

Contact us

Email Amy Dudas, our Director of Re-engagement & Workforce Initiatives, with any Disconnected Youth related questions, comments, concerns, or general information.

Resources

CLASP

CLASP focuses on the role of federal policy enhancing youth serving systems and funding streams to create the comprehensive supports and delivery infrastructure needed to reconnect youth to positive pathways.

The National League of Cities

The National League of Cities targets at-risk and homeless youth through prevention and recovery strategies.

Opportunity Nation

Opportunity Nation‘s Shared Plan of Action combines the public and private sector to reconnect young adults by accelerating their career and technical education and improving college access and affordability.

Summer Melt Handbook

The SDP Summer Melt Handbook is a resource for education leaders interested in examining whether summer melt is occurring in their agency. The handbook not only serves to diagnose the phenomenon, but also helps leaders understand what they can do to address it.