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Mobilizing a Cross-Sector Collaborative for Systemic Change: Lessons from Project U-Turn, Philadelphia's Campaign to Reduce the Dropout Rate

Cities across the country seeking a coordinated strategic approach to reducing dropout rates look to Philadelphia, where a sustained cross-sector partnershipâ??Project U-Turnâ??has made significant advances in putting struggling students and out-of-school youth on the public radar and improving options for that population. Project U-Turn is a citywide collaborative campaign that focuses public attention on the dropout crisis and designs strategies and leverages investments to resolve it.

Philadelphiaâ??s experience can help other cities understand how they can shape an agenda to improve youth outcomes, and develop a staffed cross-sector partnership that can move beyond institutional silos and sustain a commitment to improving youth outcomes.

The State of City Leadership for Children and Families 1/20/2010
This groundbreaking new YEF Institute report identifies the nation??s 32 most cutting-edge city innovations to help children and families thrive, and documents emerging and established trends in municipal leadership to promote child and family well-being. 

Building on the YEF Institute??s intensive work with hundreds of cities over the past decade, The State of City Leadership for Children and Families highlights the progress that cities have made and the potential for future action in nine areas.

The publication was released October 13, 2009, before more than 350 municipal leaders attending the 2009 National Summit on Your City??s Families in Boston.

Expanding Education Options for Struggling Students and Disconnected Youth: Lessons from the National Youth Employment Coalition Learning Exchanges- January 2009
In 2008, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) convened teams of local and state leaders representing 13 communities in 10 states for cross-site meetings focused on developing expertise and building capacity to re-engage youth who are struggling in or have dropped out of high school and to connect them to education and career opportunities. This document provides a distillation of the major themes discussed in the NYEC Learning Exchanges. January 2009
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Job Corps
A Job Corps center is a great place to complete an education, learn a marketable trade, make lifetime friends and graduate with a good job in hand.
Jobs for America's Graduates
Jobs for America's Graduates, or JAG, is a school-to-career program implemented in 1,000 highschools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the country.
Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life.
National 4-H Council
Building a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.
National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
NASCC is the leader of the national corps community promoting growth, quality, and sustainability of corps. NASCC's vision is for well-funded, high-quality corps serving every community.
National Council of La Raza
National Councile of La Raza is the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
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