AYPF’s mission is to educate, engage, and inform policymakers and practitioners about education, youth, and workforce policies to improve the lives and outcomes of traditionally underserved youth. We carry out this mission by providing research-based information and resources, first-hand learning experiences, convenings, and peer-to-peer networking exchanges to policymakers and youth-serving leaders at the national, state, and local levels.
AYPF’s goal is for all youth to be lifelong learners, hold a career to support themselves and their family, and be active in civic society. In addition to our positive youth development approach, AYPF has identified several key policy areas that we believe are critical to help all youth, but in particular, traditionally underserved youth thrive. Education, youth, and workforce policy and programs should be designed to reflect these four elements of policy that we believe lead to more equitable opportunities and outcomes:
Pathways to College and Career Readiness and Success
Out-of-School Time Learning and Skill Development