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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) - Navigating the Road to Work

Are you a youth, age 12-25, who wants to develop leadership and advocacy skills and become a leader in your community who improves leadership opportunities and transition services for all youth? Are you a professional or organization who wants to commit to increasing youth voice, youth leadership opportunities, and youth-adult partnerships within your organization and community? If so, apply for the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)! Read More >

Join the Institute for Educational Leadership in Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has a long and proud history of supporting youth as they transition into adulthood. For youth with disabilities, a core competency in the youth development process is gaining an understanding of disability history, culture, and disability public policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities. Read More >

NYC announces free eyeglasses for community school students

As part of New York’s community schools initiative Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will be working with eyewear company Warby Parker to provide free vision screenings and pairs of glasses to all students in the city’s 130 community schools over the next four years. To read more click here. Read More >

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Full-Service Community Schools and Project GRAD Summer Institute

Through its Full-Service Community Schools program, the University of Tennessee aims to improve the educational outcomes of children in the Knoxville-area as well as provide service-learning opportunities for UT students. The university will be publishing articles featuring 50 of its best community-campus partnerships to demonstrate the impact of this work. Read More >

Wraparound Intervention Proves Effective in Strengthening Vulnerable Families

A study published in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services has found that wraparound interventions help strengthen families and reduce child maltreatment in Florida. Patricia Nellius, CEO of Brevard Family Partnership, attributes these successful outcomes to “early engagement and strong inclusive partnerships with youth and families using high fidelity Wraparound care coordination.” Read More >



The Coalition for Community Schools applauds the District of Columbia’s Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council for their increased investment in community schools. The approved Fiscal Year 2016 budget adds $266,000 to the $1 million program. This money will support an additional community school and a study on the city’s community school initiative. Read More >

Summer Meal Program Feeds Youth

The Madison County Community Schools have implemented a summer breakfast/lunch meal for families in struggling times. Many of the students rely on the free/reduced meals during the school year but are left hungry during the summer. Madison's community schools continue to be neighborhood hubs with open their doors to students and families in need of food during the summer. Read More >

Moran: Community Schools Grants Spur Programming in Auburn

In 2013, the Auburn Enlarged City School District received a community schools grant, and since then they have established many outstanding programs. Their main focus has been dental services, so they partnered with the East Hill Family Medical Center to provide dental screenings and services for kids who need it. Additionally, they now offer after school programming, depression screening, mental health counseling, and look forward to implementing Second Step, a bullying prevention program. Read More >

Allentown School District to get Another Community School

Allentown School District is establishing Raub Middle School as its sixth community school in the district. The schools have partnered with a number of outside partners including the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. They intend on continuing to establish community schools, focusing on 22 schools in particular that have expressed need. The district is looking forward to seeing academic improvement following the transformation of traditional schools into community schools. Read More >

Changes to High School Guide Reflect New Push for Community Schools, Family-Friendly Data

Every year New York publishes a high school directory with the intent of guiding students, families, teachers, and administrators through high school. The directory for the 2015-16 school year has been released and it reflects Mayor de Blasio’s mission to establish more community schools throughout the state. This is just one of the many ways the de Blasio administration is making sure that community schools become a top priority in the upcoming school year. Read More >

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