NIWL Annual Review 2021: Navigating Through Turbulence

This annual review summarizes the work and accomplishments of the National Institute for Work and Learning across the areas of college and career readiness, workforce development, and research and evaluation. It references major projects, publications and events, and uses data to demonstrate outputs and, where possible, outcomes. The review also mentions new work won and our agenda for 2022.

Changing Language, Changing Minds: Using Restorative Language to Promote Solidarity and Equity

Restorative, or humanizing language, removes stereotypes and labels and shows solidarity and support to people and communities impacted by a variety of circumstances.  Through this guide, we encourage our clients and partners to support and lead change.

Providing Education Inside the Walls: A Michigan Pilot

In 2021 FHI 360 began a collaborative project with the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, to test a replicable 360 model designed to enhance the career and technical educational program offerings for teachers within Michigan juvenile justice facilities and potentially juvenile facilities throughout the nation. FHI 360’s technical assistance specialists in justice, education, workforce, community development, and research and evaluation, provided four hours of comprehensive and responsive training and technical assistance to 34 teachers and direct service staff at four Michigan juvenile justice facility schools. Learn more about how educational programs offered in facilities reduce recidivism and improve employment outcomes.

BTE Volunteer Training: Trabajar Con Jovenes

El eModule es un módulo de orientación y capacitación diseñado para los empleados de la compañía operativa local de Johnson & Johnson que son nuevos en el programa Bridge to Employment y que trabajarán con jóvenes. Los conceptos clave introducidos incluyen el desarrollo del cerebro de los adolescentes, el desarrollo positivo de los jóvenes, la comunicación eficaz y las prácticas de construcción de relaciones. Este módulo electrónico introductorio es seguido por una capacitación en persona con especialistas de FHI 360 que explorarán cada tema en mayor detalle

The Show Must Go On: FHI 360’s Alliance Building and Training Session (ABTS) As A Model Online 3-day Event

This document provides a brief overview of NIWL’s capabilities as it relates to pivoting in person conferences to engaging virtual events

A New Justice Paradigm: Collaborative Approaches for An Equitable System

A New Justice Paradigm: Collaborative Approaches for an Equitable System, explores the justice system from the perspective of criminal justice practitioners and young adults aged 18 to 24 who have been impacted by the justice system. We take this approach both to understand better— at the ground level—the system that exists and to help imagine a more supportive, more efficacious, and more equitable alternative. Some of the striking elements of the current justice system include the overwhelmingly disproportionate representation of young Black males in the system and the tragedy of how trauma has affected their young lives. Institutional inflexibility, from first contact with law enforcement through incarceration, limits young people’s chances to break the cycle of poverty and to pursue work and learning opportunities that could enrich their lives and their communities.

Workforce Development Overview (Coming Soon!)

This fact sheet profiles FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning (NIWL) workforce development efforts.

College & Career Readiness Capabilities Overview

This fact sheet profiles the College & Career Readiness work of FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning (NIWL).

Career Awareness for Navigators

The Career Awareness for Navigators eModule is a training sequence designed for Navigators who work with youth as they journey through career exploration and discovery phases. Through this training, Navigators will hone and improve their skills in working with youth and focus on how they can build youth employability skills – the competencies needed to be successful in any working setting, regardless of industry. This training also explores goal setting strategies, reviews resources for helping young people explore post-secondary and career options, and offers tips and strategies for coaching youth as they prepare for post-secondary life and to enter the workforce. This eModule complements the youth-facing Career Awareness for Youth & Young adults eModule.

Digital Badges (What is A Digital Badge?)

Digital Badges are online credentials. Each badge on average contains 10-15 hours of work for students, equivalent to one college credit. Digital badges live on an online platform to verify that students have shown improvement in a certain area or accomplished a concrete task. Digital Badges can be linked to LinkedIn profiles, in resumes, as well as college and professional applications. FHI 360 offers a series of Digital Badges in a variety of foundational skills; each badge is comprised of four sub-competencies, which students must demonstrate understanding of in order to earn the badge. Read the overview to learn more!