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From the Prison Track to the College Track: Pathways to Postsecondary Success for Out-of-School Youth

Lili Allen, Cheryl Almeida, and Adria Steinberg

Ideally, between the ages of 16 to 24 young people become confident, competent learners as they solidify academic, interpersonal, and social skills, explore future options, and develop a realistic sense of what it will take to make such options a reality. But the so-called “pipeline to college” is leaking badly, particularly for minority and low-income youth. JFF’s Lili Allen, Cheryl Almeida, and Adria Steinberg examine learning environments that appear to hold particular promise for vulnerable and potentially disconnected youth. They conclude with a discussion of policy opportunities for creating multiple avenues for young people to achieve to higher standards.