The Levitan Center At-Risk Youth Symposium
States, cities and urban areas with large populations of out-of-school youth are in a bind. They face:
The Goal of the Symposium
The symposium is designed to bring together a group of local leaders from the key areas in the region that need to deal with this challenge and focus on four interrelated objectives:
1. Understanding the challenge: Local leaders need to understand the nature and scope of the challenge in order to understand the need to act now.
2. Learning that we do know what works: They need to learn that to be successful there are a set of guiding principles should undergird all youth programming. Equally as important, local leaders need to be made aware of the fact that there are a number of program models that have proven to be successful with this target group.
3. Start to focus on what it will take to address the challenge: With information and understanding, the next logical step is to start the planning process. The symposium will provide the group with a trained facilitator to help start that process.
4. How existing resources and strategies "fit" with this issue: Welfare-to-Work, TANF, School-to-Work, One-Stops and other initiatives are all resources and strategies that can be part of a comprehensive approach to assist vulnerable youth.
Who Attends the Symposium?
A group of local leaders from each state, and each SDA in the region to include:
The chief elected official is asked to convene the local team.
How Is the Symposium Structured? A one-day meeting with the following agenda is a prototype:
Welcome and Focus for the Meeting: The Regional Administrator or other DOL staff kicks off the meeting and outlines the purpose and the agenda for the day.
Multi-Media presentation that outlines the issue and frames the actions that need to be considered. The Levitan Center presents a 30-minute Power-Point slide show that will identify the out-of-school, out-of-work youth problem, and highlight the principles and programs that communities can employ to deal with this problem.
Content Workshops,: Concurrent content workshops are held and each workshop is given twice. Each symposium member has the opportunity to attend two workshops. Workshop topics include:
The Levitan Center developed these content workshops and engages recognized experts to conduct the workshops. Each workshop is 60 minutes and allows for the attendees to interact with the experts.
Group Planning Session: Using a format designed by the Levitan Center, the local teams come together for a two hour session with a skilled facilatator to start assessing needs, and developing plans for a comprehensive system