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Connecting Youth to Opportunity: Better Understanding the Needs of Disconnected Young People in Washington, DC

October 3, 2013

Educational attainment defines workforce success, and a robust workforce drives economic stability and growth. Therefore, everyone has a stake in developing systems that promote strong education outcomes and successful transitions to the labor market: businesses and employers that aim to simultaneously build up the next generation of consumers and strengthen the future workforce; elected officials who wish to sustain the city's current prosperity and growth; parents and concerned community members who want a vibrant, healthy community; and youth themselves, who by and large want to lead stable, productive lives.Momentum has been building -- now is the time for the District of Columbia to develop such a system. Recent studies suggest thousands of youth between the ages of 16 -- 24 are disconnected, which is commonly understood to mean young people who are neither in school nor working. High dropout and unemployment rates and low post-secondary education attainment rates among District youth have led to a series of thoughtful and focused examinations of how the District of Columbia can reconnect youth to opportunity. Raise DC, the District's public/private partnership dedicated to establishing cradle to career alignment, is leading the charge with its focus on youth reconnection. This -- combined with the engagement of the foundation sector on the needs of disconnected youth and the recognition of other government and community working groups on this emerging and high-need sector of the youth population -- has opened the window of opportunity to combat youth disconnection through cohesive, evidence-driven, and cross-sector systems change.

Beyond Good Intentions: Using Data to Promote Economic Opportunity

February 23, 2012

Outlines the need for better data collection and analyses to help the District of Columbia track, evaluate, and improve economic development programs and make evidence-based budgetary and policy decisions. Makes recommendations for various city agencies.

A Region Responds: The Neighbors in Need Fund Report to the Community

June 9, 2010

Reviews the impact of a fund created to meet the needs of District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia residents during the recession. Includes summary of grants by type of service and region, as well as profiles and lists of grantees and donors.

Troops and Family Care Fund Feasibility Study

October 30, 2008

Estimates the numbers, needs, and resources of military personnel deployed in or returning from Iraq and/or Afghanistan and their families in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Considers whether sufficient philanthropic funds can be raised.

The Survivors' Fund: Final Report

May 1, 2008

Summarizes the financial assistance and case management services provided by the country's largest charity devoted to long-term support for survivors of the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Includes survivors' stories and financial statements.

Our Region, Our Giving: 15th Anniversary Edition: Then & Now

November 1, 2007

Documents long-term trends in the numbers, assets, giving, and total grants of Washington, D.C. area foundations between 1992 and 2005. Includes comparisons by type of foundation and location of grant recipients.

On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States

February 1, 2006

This report profiles, for the first time, the national phenomenon of day labor in the United States. Men and women looking for employment in open-air markets by the side of the road, at busy intersections, in front of home improvement stores and in other public spaces are ubiquitous in cities across the nation. The circumstances that give rise to this labor market are complex and poorly understood. In this report, we analyze data from the National Day Labor Survey, the first systematic and scientific study of the day-labor sector and its workforce in the United States. This portrait of day labor in the United States is based on a national survey of 2,660 day laborers. These workers were randomly selected at 264 hiring sites in 139 municipalities in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The sheer number of these sites, combined with their presence in every region in the country, reflects the enormous breadth of this labor market niche. Findings reveal that the day-labor market is rife with violations of workers' rights. Day laborers are regularly denied payment for their work, many are subjected to demonstrably hazardous job sites, and most endure insults and abuses by employers. The growth of day-labor hiring sites combined with rising levels of workers' rights violations is a national trend that warrants attention from policy makers at all levels of government.

A Blueprint for Emergency Preparedness by Nonprofits

September 30, 2003

Building on lessons from 9/11, outlines guidelines for community emergency response plans for marshalling resources and providing services. Highlights the need for nonprofit collaboration networks, communication plans, and periodic key measures reports.

Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists

July 1, 2003

Documents and analyzes the environment of support for individual artists. Provides a framework for analysis of various dimensions of the support structure, nationally and in specific sites across the U.S. Includes support programs and policy initiatives.