Our Model

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
617.728.4446 x105
lallen@jff.org
@LiliAllen2

Our Model

Download Back on Track: Pathways Through Postsecondary—Key Elements and Operational Features overview of the three-phase model.

Key Elements and Operational Features of the Back on Track Model

The Back on Track Model guides the design of pathways to credentials for 16-24 year old youth who are off-track to graduation or disconnected from education and work. This model can be used in designing or enhancing diploma-granting and GED programs, as well as redesigned first-year postsecondary programs for those that already have a GED or diploma but lack the skills to succeed. The Back on Track model articulates three program phases and accompanying features that help young people achieve their postsecondary ambitions.

Learn more about the three phases:

Back on Track Across the Country

Communities ranging from Chicago to Philadelphia and Denver have incorporated Back on Track features into their expectations for all schools serving off-track and out-of-school youth—such as in RFPs for new schools, and in standards of practice for portfolios of schools

Back on Track is the pathway model adopted by the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, and is driving the development of pathways to postsecondary credentials in the 20 communities that are taking a collective impact approach to improving outcomes for opportunity youth.

Our partners at YouthBuild, the Conservation Corps, and the National Youth Employment Coalition—who worked with us to develop the model—are spreading Back on Track practices in their affiliated schools and programs for opportunity youth.

Download Back on Track: Pathways Through Postsecondary—Key Elements and Operational Features overview of the three-phase model.