–By Bill Fennessy
Preparing youth for work and career is now rapidly becoming an integral part in preparing youth with the skills they will need in school and life. This is clearly supported by the most current research such as RTI International’s “Employability Skills Framework”, as well as the “Foundations For Young Adult Success, A Developmental Framework” from the University of Chicago. (You can view brief presentations about these frameworks by clicking here and here.) In addition and very importantly to the Expanded Learning Field, preparing youth for work and career clearly aligns with what should now be the very familiar “LIAS Learning Principles”, “Youth Development Framework”, and the “California Standards for Expanded Learning Programs”.