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Equitable Access by Design: A Conceptual Framework for Integrated Student Supports within Linked Learning Pathways

This report proposes a conceptual framework for defining and implementing a system of integrated student supports that provides equitable access to college and career readiness via Linked Learning pathways in high schools. The framework emphasizes the central commitment of the Linked Learning approach to challenge prevailing norms of stratification in the American high school, and to prepare all students for college and career.

PASS-2: Putting Youth Contribution at the Center of Positive Youth Development in Oakland High Schools

Positive youth development literature suggests that adults can create settings that support youth development across five foundational dimensions: competence, confidence, connection, character, and caring, and this, in turn, will enable youth to develop a sixth dimension: contribution. During the 2011-12 academic year, the Gardner Center had the opportunity to conduct an implementation study of the Peers Advising Students to Succeed (PASS-2) program run by Oakland Kids First (OKF).

A Model for Fostering Youth Leadership: The Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL)

Youth leadership is widely recognized as a positive, desired youth development outcome. This issue of Youth Developments takes a close look at one youth leadership program, Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL), offering a look at the Gardner Center's  youth leadership development that is informed by six years of research and practice. These authors identify three skill sets as a foundation for authentic youth leadership: (1) communication, (2) analytic thinking, and (3) positive involvement in the community.

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