Back on Track in New York City

Back on Track Designs

Reengaging Opportunity Youth

Reengaging youth and young adults who are off track to graduation, or disconnected from both education and work, and putting them on a path to postsecondary credentials.

Lili Allen
Associate Vice President, Reconnection Strategies and Designs
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Back on Track in New York City

With funding from the Open Society Foundations, Jobs for the Future and a set of New York City Transfer Schools developed tools and resources that operationalize Back on Track Through College practices, in partnership with Good Shepherd Services. Our case studies tell the story of these schools’ transformation from a focus on recovery and graduation to a focus on postsecondary success, and provide access to best practices, processes, and innovations from educators and school leaders in New York City.

These tools include:

Jobs for the Future documented an innovative postsecondary bridge program developed and implemented by Good Shepherd Services in partnership with New York City Public Schools.

LifeLink is an innovative college bridge and retention program, developed to help students who have struggled in school, or who have dropped out altogether, to graduate. LifeLink provides an efficient, centralized postsecondary bridging and support opportunity to students from across Good Shepherd Services’ schools and programs. Through just two sites—one in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx—LifeLink enables graduates from any of the organization’s schools and programs to transition into and complete college. This guide provides an overview of the LifeLink program for educators and community leaders seeking to improve postsecondary outcomes for off-track and out-of-school youth.

The codification of West Brooklyn Community High School and the practices that have earned this school an “A” on its NYC DOE progress reports every year since its inception.

North Queens Community High School serves approximately 200 students, ages 16 to 20, who have previously been enrolled in high school elsewhere and are over-age and under credited. This case study tells the story of how North Queens' postsecondary preparation program developed over the past four years. It offers nine related tools and resources and presents five design elements that distill several essential aspects of the school's postsecondary preparation program.