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Innovation Brief: PathNet: An Innovative School Reengagement System

Published Dec 4, 2014, Center for Children & Youth Justice

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Juvenile justice-involved youth are overrepresented in the nation’s high school dropout statistics. These youth are often credit deficient, reading below grade level and in need of supplemental cross-system supports to achieve academic and vocational success. Secondary schools offering traditional diploma pathways and guidance counselor services struggle to meet the needs of this population. PathNet provides a solution through a networked reengagement system that is strategically coordinated among youth-serving organizations and key institutions. The PathNet initiative focuses on systems change by addressing three core areas: (1) the promotion of the core components of the model; (2) the continuous expansion of the partnership to ensure services are coordinated, leveraged and aligned; and (3) the ongoing development and sharing of policy through effective practice and partnership.

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