Nevada began the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) work during a time of economic transition toward a “New Nevada” focused on economic diversification and closing skills gaps. During Phase One, the NSFY state team created a strategic plan for its career readiness reforms and focused on restructuring state-level organizations to accomplish this work, as well as formalizing processes for employer engagement. The state not only focused on structure and capacity, but it also began work on changing policies, including around graduation requirements.
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 Nevada’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.