Invest in building the youth service delivery capacity in communities of high youth distress
At present, nobody is accountable for youth who leave school prematurely or fall between the cracks as they transition between systems. Communities need to be supported in undertaking aggressive efforts to bring together all systems and sectors to create the support structure necessary to re‐engage youth and connect them to positive pathways. Policy solutions:
- Support community efforts to build a robust youth service delivery infrastructure that involves all systems and sectors. Invest in local efforts to bring community providers, the business community, and private foundations together with public youth‐serving systems to create a comprehensive and coherent youth service delivery system.
- Provide communities with incentives and assistance to integrate new and existing services and funding streams to support youth programming.