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Preparing Youth for Careers, Lifelong Learning, and Civic Participation: Principles and Characteristics of Six Leading U.S. Youth Development Programs (2006)

This report from the American Youth Policy Forum is designed for practitioners in both the public and non-governmental sectors who design and implement youth employment and youth development programs, the policymakers who support them, and others who wish to 1) learn more about principles and characteristics of leading youth development programs in the U.S., and 2) identify components or entire programs which may be transferable or applicable to other countries and additional communities in the U.S. Available in PDF (48 pages, 780 KB).


U.S. Department of Labor – Youth Leadership Forum

Provides an opportunity for youth to serve as delegates from their communities at a four-day event in their state capital, and supports young people with disabilities to cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills.

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