June 4, 2016
Key findings include the following:
1. Overall, communities are making the most progress in developing collaborative infrastructure – creating diverse collaboratives of partners committed to carrying out an ambitious agenda.
2. Collaboratives are creating awareness of opportunity youth within their communities, and beginning to shape an emerging narrative about the assets of opportunity youth.
3. Collaboratives are laying the groundwork for long-term, substantive changes by addressing system-level barriers facing opportunity youth, and through embedded practice changes within partner organizations.
4. Youth have been actively engaged as collaborative members, but are less involved in shaping and assessing collaboratives’ strategies.
5. Data use is relatively emergent in most communities, yet collaboratives are actively working to build data capacity.
6. Collaboratives are targeting a diverse array of priority populations, most commonly focused on increasing high school credentials, postsecondary/career bridging, and career/industry training.
Together, these findings suggest that OYIF communities are poised for continued progress for the remainder of the grant, and are laying a foundation for systemic change.
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