Louisiana’s approach to Phase One of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) initiative was to build upon the implementation of Jump Start, the state’s career readiness initiative. During Phase One, Louisiana completed a comprehensive inventory of career pathways being offered in every public high school, indicating areas of success as well as gaps in career pathways available to under-served students. This career pathway inventory highlighted opportunities to expand implementation support for rural schools, enrich industry engagement through micro-industry engagement strategies and develop direct-to-family communication tools.
Phase One of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills for Youth grant extended from May to October 2016. With bold visions for improving career readiness in K-12 education, each Phase One state spent the grant period performing a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and preparing for implementation of a new action plan. This snapshot describes Louisiana’s experience and progress in Phase One, including promising practices and innovations. Additional snapshots from other Phase One New Skills for Youth states are available here.