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I’d like to share advice with potential applicants about developing a letter of inquiry for our reducing inequality focus area.
Ten early-career researchers have been selected from a pool of 64 applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and Selection Committee. Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Program, said of the finalists, “This year’s cohort demonstrates a tremendous amount of expertise, strength, and disciplinary diversity. The finalists each show great promise for advancing their respective fields […]
Seven researchers from a range of disciplines, including education, public policy, and human development, are the newest recipients of William T. Grant Foundation awards. All of the projects will contribute to an understanding of the programs, policies, and practices that can improve the lives of young people. Two of the awards will strengthen an understanding […]
We believe that improved inequality scholarship should be one component of efforts to improve young people’s opportunities.
In 2011 – 2012, I studied two leading community-based programs for youth who have dropped out of high school—observing activities, interviewing staff, and tracking participants for one year. I focused on programs at the community level because, although they receive little attention, these programs are where most young adults are served.
After reviewing nearly 400 letters of inquiry, we share some thoughts about the research we want to support, along with recommendations for future applicants.
How do local, community-based programs for dropouts work? Do they make a difference for their participants? Programs developed and managed locally serve large numbers of youth, and their innovations are often the foundation for major national initiatives, including YouthBuild, STRIVE, and others. Yet most research in this area has focused on multi-site, national initiatives. While […]