While Washington, DC entered New Skills for Youth (NSFY) with an established data collection and high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, the NSFY project team saw deep challenges around cross-sector relationships and systems alignment. Findings from an independent needs assessment informed efforts to build and leverage cross-sector committees with specific directives to address the broader need of scaling access to high-quality career pathways for all students.
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 DC’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.