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Advancing Pathways to Education and Workforce Opportunities for Systems-Involved Youth

09/25/2017 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM ET


Capitol Hill Forum


Washington, DC


Young people involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems often face significant challenges to long-term success. Systems-involved youth may struggle with an array of education and workforce barriers that hinder their path to postsecondary opportunities and a family-sustaining career. This forum will explore critical elements at the intersection of policy and practice for supporting these youth on a pathway to long-term success. Featuring high-quality, research-supported community-based programs from across the country, presenters will discuss the importance of leveraging authentic youth voice, providing youth with a diversity of supports and experiences, and aligning youth-serving systems and policies to advance pathways to education and the workforce for systems-involved youth.

Panelists Include:

Gregg Croteau, Executive Director, UTEC, Inc., Lowell, MA and UTEC Youth Leader
Gisele Castro, Executive Director, Exalt Youth, New York, NY
Sam Cobbs, Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth, Oakland, CA
Monique Miles, Director, Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund; Deputy Director, Aspen Institute for Community Solutions 
Leticia Peguero, Executive Director, The Andrus Family Fund and Family Philanthropy Program (moderator)

11:45am - Registration and Lunch
12:00pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:20pm - Moderated Panel Discussion
1:10pm - Audience Q&A
1:30pm - Adjourn

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