Public/Private Ventures has a series of reports available for free download which deal with programs and policies for youth-out-of-school and workforce development. From their web site:
Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.
Their report, Getting It Right: Strategies for After-School Success is a discussion of approaches for after-school programs.
This report synthesizes the last 10 years of findings from P/PV’s and other researchers’ work to address one of the most demanding challenges facing today’s after-school programs—how to create and manage programs that stand the best chance of producing specific, policy-relevant outcomes. It examines recruitment strategies that attract young people to activities, the qualities that make activities engaging and motivate participants to attend regularly, and the infrastructure—staffing, management and monitoring—needed to support such activities. The report’s final chapter explores the fiscal realities of after-school programming, considering how administrators might stretch existing dollars to enhance services.
This is one of several reports available in.PDF format Link
Via the 5/18 Chronicle of Philanthropy