Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment

Many afterschool programs provide high quality skill-building experiences to help prepare youth for future success. Likewise, the workforce development sector is invested in helping youth obtain the skills desired by employers. This white paper from the American Youth Policy Forum explores how afterschool and workforce initiatives can be aligned at the systems level to address the need for a highly skilled workforce. The paper outlines the potential for afterschool programs to support employability skill development, explores the mutually beneficial nature of aligning workforce and afterschool systems, examines case studies that illustrate the benefits of such alignment, and lists considerations for leaders who aim to more strategically align youth and workforce development areas. The paper examines cases of afterschool and workforce alignment in counties in Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

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January 2018