Youth Transitions Task Force

First convened by former Mayor Thomas Menino in 2004, the Youth Transitions Task Force (YTTF) is comprised of a broad group of stakeholders—including the Boston Public Schools, community organizations, city departments, state agencies, and philanthropy—who are devoted to lowering the high school dropout rate and bringing out-of-school youth and struggling students to the center of high school reform in Boston and in Massachusetts. The group meets on a monthly basis and has raised the visibility of dropout prevention and recovery by conducting research, making policy recommendations, and piloting innovative changes in practice. The PIC acts as the YTTF’s convener.

The YTTF made six initial recommendations and has maintained those recommendations as the foundation of its research and advocacy work.

  1. Refine dropout data collection and deepen the analysis.
  2. Develop early intervention strategies and an outreach and referral system for dropouts.
  3. Increase the number and variety of alternative education and training opportunities.
  4. Create school climates that are welcoming and respectful.
  5. Increase coordination among schools, alternative programs and city agencies to close gaps.
  6. Develop revenue strategies for alternative programs, early intervention, and outreach to dropouts.

Driven by a spirit of collaboration and a shared mission, the YTTF has seen tremendous success. Between 2004 and 2014, Boston’s dropout rate was cut in half while the graduation rate rose. In 2013, the number of dropouts per year dipped below 1,000 for the first time in recorded history.

For more information, contact Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions Director, at [email protected] or 617-488-1316.