Partnership for After School Education

Issue 93

January 30, 2015

Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education

America's Promise Alliance's Center for Promise has released Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education, a paper that follows the center's previous Don't Call Them Dropouts report. The paper is based on listening to young people who did not graduate from high school in four years, and explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young people who need more time or different pathways to finish school. It is a resource for educators, practitioners, community stakeholders, communications professionals, and policymakers interested in supporting out-of-school youth who wish to obtain a high school credential.

January 30, 2015

Report on Increasing Access for Community College Students to Four-Year Colleges

Breaking Down Walls: Increasing Access to Four-Year Colleges for High-Achieving Community College Students, a new report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, finds that many more community college students could succeed at four-year colleges and universities, if they were given the right tools and the opportunity. At present, while the majority of community college students aspire to complete a bachelor's degree, as few as 12% manage to do so. Students who transfer from community colleges to four-year schools face tremendous barriers, including a lack of adequate advising, limited financial aid, and confusing credit transfer policies. The report demonstrates, however, that when given proper support, community college students succeed academically even at the country's elite colleges.

January 30, 2015

Report on Building Skills through Summer Jobs

JPMorgan Chase recently released Building Skills Through Summer Jobs: Lessons from the Field, a report that details the company's analysis of the crises confronting summer jobs for American youth. The report finds a troubling overall shortage of available summer jobs, particularly in minority and low-income communities. Summer job opportunities available to young men and women have been steadily declining and in 2014, less than half of the young people seeking work in the 14 cities that JPMorgan Chase studied were able to find summer jobs or learning opportunities. That leaves tens of thousands of young people across the country unprepared for the increasing skill demands of employers. In addition to the findings, the report offers some potential solutions to these issues.