Aligning School & Community Resources
Emerging & Promising Practices
Academy for Educational Development/Center for Youth Development and Policy Research (n.d.). Community YouthMapping Web site. Retrieved from http://cyd.aed.org/cym/cym.html.
a project of the Academy for Educational Development/Center for
Youth Development and Policy Research, has young people scout their
neighborhoods in search of places to go and things to do. Young
people, called "mappers", canvass their neighborhoods
using a survey tool to gather baseline information on the resources
available in their communities for young people, children, and families.
Coordinated by a local public-private-nonprofit partnership and
led by a local community-based institution, the Community YouthMapping
effort is a way to mobilize youth and adults to find resources and
opportunities for youth. In many cities, young people using YouthMapping
have identified a host of resources that may not be found in traditional
directories. YouthMapping is also a way to identify gaps in available
MY TURN (Massachusetts Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network), Inc.
Massachusetts Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network, Inc. (n.d.). MY TURN, Inc. Web site. Retrieved from http://www.my-turn.org/.
MY TURN, Inc. in Brockton,
Massachusetts, aligns various school and community resources into
a single service-delivery system for youth. MY TURN, in collaboration
with partnering organizations, prepares youth for the future through
the identification and development of their skills, goals, and self-confidence
by means of career exploration, employment training, and postsecondary
MY TURN, which first opened its doors in 1984, was designed as
a school-to-work initiative for Brockton High School students. At
that time, MY TURN was responsible for placing and assisting 250
high school seniors in securing full-time, career-oriented employment
after graduation from high school. Since then, MY TURN has worked
to align various youth initiatives within the community. MY TURN
collaborates with more than 400 area employers, community-based
organizations, institutions of higher education, civic leaders,
parents, and program alumni to better meet the needs of young people
in the community.
The alignment of these resources has expanded opportunities for
work-based learning, employment, community service learning projects,
referral services, postsecondary education placement, and community
support that otherwise would not be possible. MY TURN has worked
not only to align youth initiatives within communities, but it also
to connect youth to the services they need.