This past April, the grantees of the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) met in Chicago for their annual convening to share insights and develop strategies to empower youth, and reconnect them to the economy. From effectively removing barriers and connecting the many systems that touch their lives, to building and deepening education and employment pathways — the convening provided a space for fruitful, honest discussion on how to address the plight of disconnected youth. Yet, as with any discussion on addressing social issues — the conversation must continue after event attendees have packed up and traveled home.
In the blog posts linked below, youth leaders and site leads share reflections, insights, and personal experiences to cultivate and elevate a national discussion around opportunity youth.
by Nehemiah Hall and Paulo Gregory Harris, theCONNECT Baltimore/Ingoma Foundation Chicago and Baltimore share…aspencommunitysolutions.org
by Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network During the OYIF 2016 April Convening, I…aspencommunitysolutions.org
By Amy Barad, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Cowen Institute, Tulane University The "Postsecondary Pathways…aspencommunitysolutions.org