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June 2009Vol. 10, No. 5Shared Youth Vision Partnerships Report Progress

A new report documents recent progress toward developing a more integrated and collaborative system of providing services to disadvantaged young adults (18-24 years old) in order to better equip them to take on adult roles and responsibilities. Common Sense, Uncommon Commitment: A Progress Report on the Shared Youth Vision Partnership describes the work of an interagency Federal collaborative to support Federal, State, and local efforts to better serve young people struggling to succeed in the workforce.

The Shared Youth Vision began as a Federal response to the 2003 White House Task Force Report on Disadvantaged Youth. At that time, the U.S. Department of Labor formed a partnership with the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice to help disconnected and disadvantaged youth achieve workforce success and economic self-sufficiency.

Through investments in technical assistance, capacity building, and peer-to-peer support, the partnership has supported the successful development of 28 State teams. Some other key milestones include:

  • Expanding the Federal partnership from four to nine agencies
  • Sponsoring a series of communication and technical assistance forums
  • Awarding planning grants to 16 States to provide more intensive and targeted support for program implementation
  • Implementing a diverse array of State pilot programs and prospective systems reforms
  • Creating a technical assistance and communication network, including a "Solutions Desk" that directly links State-level partnerships with their Federal counterparts
  • Expanding the Shared Youth Vision concepts through a formalized peer-to-peer information exchange network that now includes 28 States

The report looks at Federal and State strategies for success and notes future opportunities and challenges.

Common Sense, Uncommon Commitment: A Progress Report on the Shared Youth Vision Partnership is available for download on the Internet: (6,240 KB)