New Strategic Plan Formalizes Federal Collaborations That Put Young People on Pathways to Opportunity

The federal government’s Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs recently unveiled its strategy for working together to improve the lives of young people.

“Pathways for Youth: Draft Strategic Plan for Federal Collaboration” is based on input from young people, families, schools, nonprofit organizations, State Children’s Cabinet directors, government organizations at the federal, state, and local levels, and others. The plan starts to answer the question, “How can we provide youth pathways to opportunity that include meaningful connections and safe, healthy, and stable places to live, learn, and work?”

“To help the most at-risk young people, we need to work together,” says Debbie A. Powell, Acting Associate Commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau. “Because ultimately, we’re not just trying to help young people stay in school or find shelter or gain the skills to succeed in a 21st century workforce. We’re helping them do all those things.”

The goals of Pathways for Youth include:

  • Promoting coordinated strategies to improve youth outcomes
  • Promoting the use of evidence-based and innovative strategies at federal, state, local, and tribal levels
  • Promoting youth engagement and partnership to strengthen programs and benefit youth

Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, FYSB is already working closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, and others to implement a framework for how federal programs can best support young people into adulthood. And FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program grantees across the country have been both implementing evidence-based practices and designing and testing innovative strategies for pregnancy prevention in an effort to continue to reduce the number of adolescents that become parents too soon.

Read “Pathways for Youth: Draft Strategic Plan for Federal Collaboration” (PDF, 862KB).