Explores the extent to which the emerging green economy can offer a pathway out of poverty for low-income young people, many of whom have disengaged from school.

"This paper offers guidance to youth programs, and those who work with and support those programs, about how to learn more about and access industry-driven green credentialing and career pathways development work within local communities or regions. It then discusses how, with this knowledge in hand, youth programs can work with employers and postsecondary partners to build on-ramps to postsecondary technical training programs and entry to green careers. The paper offers a multi-step Framework that outlines strategies for connecting to career pathway efforts and delineates a three-phase model design to inform the construction of on-ramp programming. The paper offers specific guidance on how to develop intensive and well aligned on-ramp programs that enable older youth to access and succeed in education and training for green careers, particularly in conjunction with industries with immediate labor market needs, jobs that are considered in demand" (p. 4). (Abstractor: Author)

 Full Publication Title: A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected Youth.


Major Findings & Recommendations

The resource does not focus on "outcomes" of any particular program but is rather focused on drawing broad based conclusions and recommendations for expanding green pathwways. Building Career Pathways and on-ramps for disconnected youth "requires a partnered approach in a local community or region, where leaders from industry, postsecondary institutions and workforce development organizations work closely to understand trends and developments in the green economy and develop training that leads to credentials and jobs responsive to labor market demand. Connecting with this work, youth programs can then build on-ramp approaches that better prepare disconnected youth for the demands of postsecondary study and create smoother routes into green career pathways. New interest in efforts that promote environmental sustainability — such as energy audits, retrofitting and resource conservation — provide opportunities for youth to provide valuable service to communities while combining work and learning in ways that make education and training beyond high school possible. Further, partnerships between youth programs, postsecondary institutions, industry and other workforce entities can enable the right mix of resources to create more intensive and effective on-ramps to green credentials and careers" (p. 45). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)