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Putting afterschool to work: High-impact work-based learning in New Orleans

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Putting afterschool to work: High-impact work-based learning in New Orleans

By Jillian Luchner from the Afterschool Alliance, Christopher Neitzey from the Afterschool Alliance, and Austin Estes from AdvanceCTE. This blog post is the second in a series on the intersection of CTE and afterschool programs, exploring strategies and opportunities to bridge learning both in and out of the classroom. Read the first blog, Putting afterschool to work: Career exploration in out-of-school settings.

The destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 transformed New Orleans into a place where construction is not just a high demand, high-wage career, but an act of service to the community. unCommon Construction (UCC)—a non-profit organization in New Orleans that delivers afterschool programming and weekend on-site apprenticeships—engages high school students in career pathways within the construction industry, while also building and selling essential market rate homes for residents and families in the students’ home town.

unCommon Construction provides high school students with the opportunities to gain more than 100 paid internship hours per semester in on-site, hands-on work based learning in the construction trades, through partnerships with area schools and the Louisiana statewide CTE program known as Jump Start. UCC student apprentices engage in trainings after school and spend the weekends building a home in their community alongside construction industry experts including architects, engineers, carpenters, electricians, realtors, title attorneys, and more. As UCC Founder Aaron Frumin puts it, “The need in this industry is so broad and widespread, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.”

UCC programming utilizes the flexibility of the afterschool hours to emphasize the development of communication and teamwork skills, also known as employability skills, to compliment the work-based learning opportunities students receive on the job site. During afterschool hours, students participate in a leadership development series called “Framing Character,” and are evaluated using a third-party evaluation tool known as a Hirability Scorecard, developed by MHALabs.org. A student who progresses well through the rubric receives an end-of-program endorsement shared with industry partners upon graduation.

The program prides itself on the success of its completers. Eighty percent of students who enroll in the rigorous program complete their semester. Of those who complete their term, 100 percent have remained on track for high school graduation and gone on to either further their education or acquired a job within three months of graduating high school. Remarkably, UCC has been incredibly successful in engaging nontraditional student populations. While the construction industry is 8 percent female, about 40 percent of program participants are female or non-gender conforming.  

UCC’s model requires a close collaboration with the schools it partners with, often working directly through a college and career counselor or internship coordinator. The school will inform students about the availability of the UCC program, then assist students with writing their applications, acquiring work permits, soliciting letters of recommendation and preparing for their in-person interviews. Once a student is enrolled as a participant, the UCC program reports attendance and progress back to the school so that the school may assign internship credit. UCC also recognizes that students benefit from individual relationships with the mentors in their program, and has established partnerships with schools to provide students with wrap-around support during the school day during identified intervention times to help the student stay on track for high school graduation and career success.

How Louisiana supports programs like unCommon Construction

Afterschool programming and work-based learning in Louisiana is strengthened by state policy and funding. Louisiana’s statewide Jump Start initiative ensures the high school accountability system credits schools equally for work preparing students on quality pathways to college or career. Through Jump Start, students can earn a career diploma by completing industry-based credentials, and career experiences/internships are considered a core element of a high-quality secondary CTE program. As UCC director Aaron Frumin puts it, “College and workforce pathways are equally prestigious.”

Additionally, schools can draw down state dollars through the Career Development Fund to support students with unCommon Construction’s year-long programming. The fund provides financial resources to schools to support career development activities, including transportation to work-based learning sites, insurance, tools and gear, training by career professionals, and the 100-120 hours of work based learning. UCC’s non-profit program then leverages funding from the houses it sells back into the community along with funding from philanthropic partners to provide every participating student with hourly pay above the minimum wage for their work and training.

Leveraging Perkins V to strengthen afterschool work-based learning

State leaders have a number of levers to strengthen and expand work-based learning through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), the new federal law for Career Technical Education (CTE). States can use Perkins V to foster meaningful partnerships with afterschool programs and other intermediaries to ensure all students can access meaningful work-based learning opportunities, especially when paired with programs that support student employability skills and wraparound supports to see students through a successful graduation and onto the next step in their college or career path.

For one, Perkins V gives states the opportunity to hold local recipients accountable for delivering work-based learning through the secondary CTE program quality indicator. States can choose between three different measures for the accountability indicator, and many are choosing to prioritize work-based learning. As a result of this shift, work-based learning—during and after school hours—is expected to become a more integral part of the CTE experience.

Second, Perkins V funds can be used at the state and local level to support the establishment and expansion of work-based learning opportunities for students. Local funding decisions will be driven by a new Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, which can surface gaps in work-based learning opportunities and give local leaders direction to help expand offerings for students.

Finally, the law’s emphasis on systems alignment encourages CTE leaders to coordinate with other state agencies to support career development and workforce training for learners. This opens the door for meaningful collaboration with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) coordinators, who can align afterschool, youth workforce and career pathways programs.

Recap: Education stakeholder briefing from ED, CDC & USDA

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BY: Jillian Luchner      03/20/20

COVID-19: Considerations for the afterschool field

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BY: Ursula Helminski      03/12/20

A message from the Afterschool Alliance on COVID-19

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BY: Jodi Grant      03/12/20

Ensuring access to school meals during COVID-19 related school closures

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BY: Erik Peterson      03/12/20

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Camp Mariposa's website. There are more than 9 million children in the U.S. that are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs, and these children are at high-risk for a host of issues....

BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

Local data for community-based prevention: Vermont Youth Project's role in reducing substance use among teens

New data released by the Vermont Youth Project (VYP) indicates risk and protective factors for teens around “family, school, peer groups, and out-of-school time activities.” Among the findings are relatively high substance use figures among teens, as well as an indication of large...

BY: Erin Hegarty      03/02/20

Representing afterschool during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/24/20

Afterschool Spotlight: Appalachian Youth to Youth

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BY: Guest Blogger      02/18/20

Recap: Annual Out-of-School Time Advisory Coalition meeting

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For effective SEL, staff need to learn new skills, too.

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BY: Guest Blogger      05/31/19

Afterschool "has helped guide me to what I want to do in the future and gives me opportunities to grow as an artist, a person, and a leader."

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BY: Guest Blogger      02/14/20

Remembering Mary Jo Ginty

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BY: Jodi Grant      01/21/20

Share your yoice: Join the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 Youth Media Challenge

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BY: Alexis Steines      11/12/19

Bill White’s afterschool legacy

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BY: Jodi Grant      10/11/19

Youth Afterschool Ambassador: "My parents were able to have peace of mind while I excelled in my education."

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BY: Guest Blogger      07/30/19

Highlights from Utah's Capitol Hill Day and first-ever State of Afterschool report

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BY: Guest Blogger      07/12/19

A history of afterschool

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BY: Jodi Grant      07/02/19

Sowing the seeds of afterschool programming in “afterschool deserts” in Illinois

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BY: Guest Blogger      06/24/19

Guest blog: Self-care ideas: Give 1/Get 8

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BY: Guest Blogger      05/07/19

This Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, let’s celebrate helping students find their voice

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BY: Guest Blogger      04/25/19

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BY: Jillian Luchner      03/03/20

For effective SEL, staff need to learn new skills, too.

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BY: Guest Blogger      05/31/19

Connecting the dots: Mental health and SEL in afterschool

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BY: Dan Gilbert      05/30/19

Help youth build empathy & earn an Amazon gift card

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BY: Alex Crooks      05/24/19

A deeper approach to drug use prevention

By Heather E. Daly, Ph.D., director of Courageous Hearts, an organization committed to educating after school staff with drug education and prevention content; and Normandie Nigh, chief executive officer of A World Fit for Kids, whose mission is to prepare young people for fit and...

BY: Guest Blogger      05/21/19

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/09/19

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/03/19

In Alaska, prevention programming for marijuana use is a new priority

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/19/19

Promising practices: Coaching Corps’ strategy physical & social-emotional health

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/01/19

Q&A: Delivering SEL programming in Minneapolis

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BY: Nikki Yamashiro      01/03/19

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BY: Jillian Luchner      03/03/20

Representing afterschool during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/24/20

13 groups join forces for youth programs in new campaign: Be a Champion, #InvestInKids

By Edwin Link, national vice president at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This week, 13 of the nation’s leading youth development programs launched Be a Champion, #InvestInKids to raise awareness and increase support for youth programs across the country. The Be a Champion,...

BY: Guest Blogger      01/23/20

Riley Institute at Furman University welcomes new class of policy fellows

Sixteen afterschool leaders began participating in the White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship this fall. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the WRP Fellowship is a 10-month, national program designed to equip graduates with a real-world understanding of policymaking for...

BY: Jen Rinehart      11/04/19

Aspiring software engineers in a Texas afterschool program win trip to Facebook HQ

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BY: Guest Blogger      09/06/19

Recap: Annual Out-of-School Time Advisory Coalition meeting

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BY: Marisa Paipongna      06/28/19

Strong community relationships are key to Providence Public Library's STEM learning success

For this post, Dan Gilbert, project manager at the Afterschool Alliance, spoke with Karisa Tashjian, education director at the Providence Public Library, about the library’s efforts to provide family engagement, STEM learning, and afterschool and out-of-school time...

BY: Dan Gilbert      06/04/19

The key to incredible STEM learning in libraries? Strong community connections.

For this post, Dan Gilbert, project manager at the Afterschool Alliance, spoke with Megan Burton, STEM and learning supervisor at the Kitsap Regional Library, about their efforts to provide family engagement, STEM learning, and afterschool and out-of-school time learning...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/28/19

Los Angeles libraries spark STEM learning and family engagement in OST

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BY: Dan Gilbert      02/28/19

Statewide Family Engagement Centers partner with afterschool to magnify impact

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BY: Jillian Luchner      11/15/18

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

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BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

Local data for community-based prevention: Vermont Youth Project's role in reducing substance use among teens

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BY: Erin Hegarty      03/02/20

Representing afterschool during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/24/20

Afterschool Spotlight: Appalachian Youth to Youth

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BY: Guest Blogger      02/18/20

It's SAMHSA Prevention Week

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/13/19

Afterschool and ACEs: How Alaska promotes a trauma-engaged response

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/03/19

From law enforcement to afterschool

By Michael “Bull” Brown, program director/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Coffee County Region, in Douglas, Georgia. In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the Afterschool Snack will feature stories from our Afterschool Ambassadors and other professionals...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/23/19

In Alaska, prevention programming for marijuana use is a new priority

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/19/19

Building a trauma informed care approach for afterschool programs & community-based organizations

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BY: Guest Blogger      03/22/19

Afterschool Heals Tennessee: A Q&A on the opioid crisis

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      01/25/19

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Camp Mariposa's website. There are more than 9 million children in the U.S. that are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs, and these children are at high-risk for a host of issues....

BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

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BY: Jillian Luchner      03/03/20

Afterschool Spotlight: Appalachian Youth to Youth

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BY: Guest Blogger      02/18/20

Afterschool youth catch the entrepreneurial bug

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BY: Rina Moss      06/18/19

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/03/19

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/19/19

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BY: Guest Blogger      03/22/19

Promising practices: After-School All-Stars Hawaii gets youth engaged with civic action

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BY: Charlotte Steinecke      03/01/19

In the field: Stand-out examples of quality STEM programming

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BY: Leah Silverberg      02/14/19

Sen. Thune visits young afterschool advocates in Summit, S.D.

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BY: Faith Savaiano      11/16/18

"At first I just joined afterschool clubs to pass time... not knowing that they would open so many doors for me."

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BY: Guest Blogger      02/25/20

Afterschool "has helped guide me to what I want to do in the future and gives me opportunities to grow as an artist, a person, and a leader."

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BY: Guest Blogger      02/14/20

Afterschool works for me and my siblings

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BY: Guest Blogger      09/10/19

Youth Afterschool Ambassador: "My parents were able to have peace of mind while I excelled in my education."

By Viridiana Gonzalez, Youth Afterschool Ambassador and junior at Texas Christian University. Although I grew up as a child in a low-income area with two working parents, I never knew the struggles that parents faced to keep their kids safe while trying to be financially stable. All I...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/30/19

Introducing the 2019 class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/06/19

Making music after school

By Sam Trevathan, education director at Kids’ Orchestra. In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the Afterschool Snack will feature stories from our Afterschool Ambassadors and other professionals in the field, sharing what they love about working in afterschool. As...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/26/19

This Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, let’s celebrate helping students find their voice

Justin (center) and students at Loyola University in New Orleans By Justin Pinn, director, Strategic Initiatives, Teach for America Miami-Dade. In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the Afterschool Snack will feature stories from our Afterschool Ambassadors and other...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/25/19

From law enforcement to afterschool

By Michael “Bull” Brown, program director/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Coffee County Region, in Douglas, Georgia. In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the Afterschool Snack will feature stories from our Afterschool Ambassadors and other professionals...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/23/19

What makes afterschool professionally rewarding

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BY: Guest Blogger      04/22/19

My Ambassador experience

By Danielle Bowen, communications director at Education Data Research and Afterschool Ambassador Emeritus. For Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, we asked a number of alumni of our Afterschool Ambassador program to reflect on how their experience as Ambassadors shaped their work and...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/27/18