Across education, out-of-school-time programming, and workforce
development, researchers and practitioners are seeking ways to
bolster the career readiness of our nation's youth, particularly
This issue brings together information from a variety of
disciplines and fields to help researchers, practitioners, and
policymakers understand what we know and need to learn to provide
youth with effective, engaging career-related programming. The
articles highlight key findings about how youth learn about careers
and develop a vocational identity, whether adolescent employment is
beneficial for youth, and how to align our various systems to
promote positive youth development.
Models of career programming from education, afterschool, and
workforce development are highlighted, as are strategies for
collaborating with businesses. The volume emphasizes the practical
implications of research findings, keeping the focus on how to
develop evidence-based practices to support career development for
This is the 134th volume of New Directions for Youth
Development, the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series dedicated to
bringing together everyone concerned with helping young people,
including scholars, practitioners, and people from different
disciplines and professions.
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