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Community-based Programs

Organized Communities, Stronger Schools: A Preview of Research Findings

Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

This report presents the findings of a six-year study on the impact of community organizing for school reform on student outcomes.

Effective Practices for Engaging At-Risk Youth in Service

Youth Service America

This guide of effective practices for engaging at-risk-youth in community service was designed for public officials, youth service and service-learning practitioners and teachers, and researchers.

Disconnected Youth: Federal Action Could Address Some of the Challenges Faced by Local Programs That Reconnect Youth to Education and Employment

U.S. Government Accountability Office

This report discusses the challenges faced by local programs that reconnect youth to education and employment.

Engaging Youth

Healthy Teen Network

This publication focuses on how adolescent health professionals can utilize creative approaches to engage youth in positive youth development.

Community Guide to Helping America's Youth

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This online resource aims to help communities build partnerships, assess their needs and resources, and choose a program design that can be replicated in their community.

Guide to Community Preventive Services: Systemic Reviews and Recommendations

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

This CDC-sponsored Web site summarizes what is known about the effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility of interventions to promote community health and prevent disease.

Community and Family Engagement: Principals Share What Works

Institute for Educational Leadership

This report explores ways that principals can work successfully with community partners, families, and other key stakeholders to improve student outcomes.

How Cultural Heritage Organizations Serve Communities: Priorities, Strengths, and Challenges

Urban Institute

This policy brief discusses how cultural heritage organizations serve their communities.

Giving Back: Introducing Community Service Learning, Improving Mandated Service for Juvenile Offenders

Constitutional Rights Foundation

This manual offers a variety of service-learning tools, techniques, and project ideas designed to help juvenile justice practitioners apply school-based learning methods into court-mandated commun

Successful Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers: A Guide for Faith and Community-based Service Providers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This publication is a handbook designed for community groups and faith-based organizations seeking to maximize the skills of their volunteers, expand their services to the community, and enhance th