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Equip 3 Lessons Learned: Experiences in Livelihoods,Literacy, and Leadership in Youth Programs in 26 Countries

The USAID-funded Educational Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP3) was designed to improve earning, learning, and skill development opportunities for out-of-school youth in developing countries.  EQUIP3 programs have engaged in services and instruction that support young people in considering their economic future—as employees, entrepreneurs, or participants in small-scale livelihood activities. This guide provides an analysis of the lessons learned over a period of 9 years, case studies, and strategies to assist programs in the U.S. to adapt successful strategies and vice-versa.

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Kids.gov Website

In addition to a range of other resources, the Kids.gov website includes a section devoted to jobs & careers.  The section includes videos from individuals in a range of jobs/occupations explaining their work.  In addition, the section provides links to industry sites, such as the aviation industry, where they can learn more about the requirements for the industry as well as educational requirements.

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Guiding Your Success Tool:  Navigating Your Road to Work

 Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, this guide is designed to help youth with disabilities to think through their potential work and career choices, as well as to plan and develop strategies for workforce entry.

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Considerations for Collaborations to Support College and Career Readiness. 

A guide developed by the American Institutes for Research to help states explore the complex challenges inherent in facilitating cross-systems alignment through ongoing collaboration. Questions in the Guide borrows from the systems research base derived from within and outside the field of education.

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Teach Youth Radio

This website, created by Youth Radio, provides lessons and activities for engaging youth in writing commentary and all aspects what journalists do, such as “fact-checking.”

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Career Launch Toolkit

A partnership between Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Gap Foundation, this guide provides teens with practical training and information about getting their first job and developing the skills needed to keep the job. The guide also has activities to help youth think about future career ambitions, and map out a plan to help them get there.

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The Career Ready Practices

This handout lists and describes the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), the result of a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality benchmark standards for Career Technical Education (CTE) that states can voluntarily adopt. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau have supported the development stage of the CCTC.

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Career Clusters Interest Survey

A tool that can be used with students to help them begin to identify career clusters aligned with their skills, personal qualities, and interests.

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CTE Toolkit:  Lesson Plans and Handouts

This CTE toolkit provides lessons and resources to help young people identify careers that are of interest and begin planning to pursue vocational goals.

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