Topics: Youth, Leadership, Youth leadership Pages: 49 (9105 words) Published: December 5, 2013

Youth Development
& Youth Leadership

Andrea Edelman
Patricia Gill
Katey Comerford
Mindy Larson
Rebecca Hare

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth June 2004

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. The Collaborative is charged with assisting state and local workforce development systems to integrate youth with disabilities into their service strategies. Funded under a grant supported by the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U. S. Department of Labor, grant # E-9-4-1-0070. The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantee/contractor and do not necessarily reflect those of the U. S. Department of Labor.

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Youth Development
& Youth Leadership


housing and community development, secondary and
postsecondary education, and juvenile justice, and
would not only provide services to youth but would
also value youth as a resource for program
development. The comprehensive youth policy would
put in place a coherent and long-term strategy that
would contribute to positive youth development in
such a way that no one federal agency could possibly

All effective youth programs have youth development
at their core. Effective youth leadership programs build
on solid youth development principles, with an
emphasis on those areas of development and program
components that support youth leadership. This paper
has been created by the National Collaborative on
Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) to
assist youth service practitioners, administrators, and
policy makers in defining, differentiating, and
providing youth development and youth leadership
programs and activities, which are important
components of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

As a result of these recommendations by NYEC and
others, the youth provisions of WIA (1998) fused youth
development principles with traditional workforce
development. This convergence reflected the growing
consensus that the most effective youth initiatives are
the ones that focus on a wide range of developmental

Youth Development in Workforce Development
In 1994, the National Youth Employment Coalition
(NYEC) held a series of meetings to discuss the state of
youth training and employment programs for
disadvantaged youth in America. Based on these
meetings, a report was sent to the US Secretary of
Labor outlining the need for a comprehensive national
youth policy (National Youth Employment Coalition,
1994). The suggested policy would cross sectors of
government and fields of service delivery including
employment and training, health and human services,

WIA offers comprehensive youth services emphasizing
a systematic, consolidated approach geared toward
long-term workforce preparation. This comprehensive
approach for youth consists of 10 required program
• Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies;

a focus on areas of need specific to youth with
disabilities, including exposures to mentors and role
models with and without disabilities, and an
understanding of disability history, culture, and public
policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities.
The long history of adult-driven advocacy, leadership,
and activism within the disability community
combined with the desire to see the emergence of the
next generation of young leaders with disabilities,
resulted in the 1990s serving as the backdrop for the
emergence of a youth leadership and youth...
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