Putting Equity at the Center: The Opportunity Youth Forum.
Miles, Monique. Nemoy, Yelena.
Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions.
v, 18 p.
Published: March 2018
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This paper explains the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF) collaboratives seek a world in which all young people – especially youth who have been disconnected from school and work – have the opportunity to attain the skills needed to succeed regardless of their background or socioeconomic circumstances. It notes that in order to make this vision a reality, collaboratives are placing equity at the center of their collective impact efforts for opportunity youth. The paper argues that collective impact initiatives must address inequity to be successful and highlights a range of OYF efforts to place equity at the center of local collective impact efforts for opportunity youth. It identifies ways backbone organizations, practitioners, and system leaders can address institutional inequity, and encourages community collaboratives to start where they are now by beginning to consciously strive for greater equity in their communities. Chapters focus on the following strategies for keeping an explicit focus on equity: creating a culture within the local community of focusing on equity; using disaggregated data to document and track disparities; focusing on priority populations (such as foster-care youth or boys and men of color) to mitigate the effects of structural inequity; and challenging existing institutionalized barriers. 7 references. (Author abstract modified)
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION; INSTITUTIONAL RACISM; SEX DISCRIMINATION; SOCIAL PROBLEMS; INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS; VOCATIONAL TRAINING; DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN; DISADVANTAGED ENVIRONMENT; FOSTER ADOLESCENTS; YOUTH DEVELOPMENT; YOUTH AGENCIES; YOUTH ENGAGEMENT; YOUTH DEVELOPMENT; EMPLOYMENT