Published Online: March 16, 2010
Published in Print: March 17, 2010, as Youth Programs

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"Building a Learning Agenda Around Disconnected Youth"

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Efforts to improve outcomes for young people who are disconnected from school and society ought to draw from a menu of different strategies, rather than following a single course of action, a paper says.

At the behest of the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers from MDRC, a research group based in New York City, reviewed studies on programs for such youths, consulted experts, and made site visits. Their report makes the case for building a stronger research base on programs for disconnected youths, whether they work and for whom, and for simultaneously creating and testing new approaches.

New strategies might, for instance, explore overhauling GED-preparation programs so that they are more tightly linked to college and vocational programs, the researchers say, or give a "leg up" to older youths whose basic skills are too weak to make preparation programs for the General Educational Development credential a realistic option.

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