Education Re-Engagement Solutions Brief Virtual Forum
10:00am to 11:00am
The Coalition Supporting Young Adults, Kentucky Youth Advocates, The Book Works, and several young adult stakeholders conducted research to better understand factors that lead to educational disengagement in youth and ways to prevent disengagement or to facilitate successful re-engagement. The goals of this Youth-Led Educational Re-Engagement Research (YLERR) project were to identify challenges and solutions and, ultimately, improve meaningful access to supports. To that end, a small cohort of dedicated young adults led this work from start to finish. Utilizing the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) framework, the cohort of young adults informed the survey creation and distribution, facilitated focus groups, analyzed data and determined themes, and researched solution recommendations for policymakers, advocates, and the general community.
The result is a published Education Re-Engagment Solutions Brief, of youth-identified solutions and opportunities for the Louisville community. This brief highlights four primary areas identified by youth and young adults as having the greatest potential impact on our young people's path to graduation and beyond: addressing student homelessness, increasing mental health supports, connecting youth with adults for guidance and life skills, and providing academic support. To celebrate the release of the briefs and to lift up the good work of the young adults, CSYA and partners hosted a virtual forum on October 5th featuring insights from the young adult research team and education and community leaders responding to the solutions and recommendations presented in the brief.