Our Research and Policy
- College, Career, and Life Readiness: A Look at High School Indicators of Post-Secondary Outcomes in Boston: This report is a start in charting the future course for Boston Public Schools. In the report, authors Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes dive into the research to determine what high school indicators are predictive of post-secondary success.
- New Directions: Creating Career Pathways for and with Opportunity Youth: This report, authored by a committee of Collaborative members, chronicles the OYC’s collective impact and action-research work from 2012 – 2018, and makes recommendations for policy and practice. Recommendations are organized both by category and by sector to encourage collaboration cross-sector collaboration and ownership.
- Trends in Education and Workforce Indicators for Boston Youth and Young Adults, 2006 to 2016: The Aspen Institute posted a blog from the PIC research team about Boston’s workforce and education trends for young adults in the past decade to showcase the work Boston has done. The PIC research highlights the decline in high school dropout rates, increase in high school graduation rates, rise in college enrollment rates, and fewer opportunity youth.
- Leveraging Community College Innovations for Opportunity Youth: Reflections from Boston: Youth Transitions Director Kathy Hamilton and Executive Director of Boston Opportunity Agenda Kristin McSwain considered local community colleges’ role within aiding opportunity youth.
- Reengagement: Bringing Students Back to America’s Schools: Students, policy analysts, teachers, and researchers contributed to a collection of essays assessing how the United States can recreate educational enthusiasm and opportunities for youth without high school credentials.
- The Labor Market, Earnings, Income Inadequacy, and Social Problems of Young High School Dropouts and their Better-Educated Peers in Massachusetts, 2009-2012: The Case for Public Interventions to Boost Dropout Recovery: Prepared by the Center for Labor Market Studies, this report studied the outcomes of young adults in Massachusetts, disaggregated by educational attainment. Accompanying presentation.
- Youth Voice Project report on Boston’s opportunity youth. Peer leaders conducted a series of focus groups and surveys with disengaged young people throughout Boston. This report summarizes their findings and recommendations. Accompanying presentation.
- Boston’s Opportunity Youth: A Look at 16-24 Year Olds Who Are Not Working or in School: The Center for Labor Market Studies and the Boston PIC gathered initial research on opportunity youth in Boston. That information included the number of opportunity youth, their disconnection rates, demographic characteristics, and educational attainment levels. This research was instrumental in deciding how to move forward.
- Connecting Boston’s Youth and Young Adults: Education, Employment, Community: In 2013, Boston elected a new mayor for the first time in 20 years. Leading up to the election, the OYC worked with several other coalitions to issue a series of recommendations to the next mayor of Boston. The final recommendations represented 110 organizations, and they culminated in a forum where mayoral candidates spoke about their plans to engage disconnected youth.
Others’ Research and Policy
- College Success for Opportunity Youth: The Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative funded the Rennie Center to report on opportunities for success, barriers, and policy changes that help opportunity youth succeed in college.
- The Youth Adult Labor Force in Massachusetts: UMass Donahue Institute conducted a study funded by PIC which demonstrated the unemployment crisis for youth despite the uptick in adult employment throughout Massachusetts.
- Youth Transitions Task Force: A Ten-Year Retrospective: The Rennie Center analyzed progress since the assembly of the Youth Transitions Task Force while resetting goals for the future.
- Building Massachusetts’ Skills to Compete: Recommendations for the Next Governor of Massachusetts: Prior to the Massachusetts gubernatorial election in 2014, a group of organizations/agencies issued a series of workforce and training recommendations for the next governor. The OYC signed on as a supporting initiative, in particular supporting the recommendation to increase summer and year-round jobs, career development, and vocational training for young people.
- Creating Pathways to Success for Opportunity Youth: Lessons from Three Massachusetts Communities: The Rennie Center conducted a forum to uncover the information gained from their data.
- Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth: FSG provided a high-level framework for a collective impact approach, designed for communities to work together to benefit opportunity youth.
- The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth: Released by the White House Council for Community Solutions, this report first coined the term opportunity youth and set the stage for a national conversation.
- Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth: This final report followed and provided recommendations on how to address key community challenges and create systems change.
- Opportunity Road: The Promise and Challenge of America’s Forgotten Youth: Civic Enterprises and America’s Promise Alliance reported on the national baseline for opportunity youth – who they were, what they needed, and the challenges that lay ahead for them.