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Content Type: Whitepaper

  • Efficacy And Innovation In Middle School Career Exploration: Proven Models For Student Success

    Efficacy And Innovation In Middle School Career Exploration: Proven Models For Student Success

    Too many students are leaving American high schools burdened by a high level of uncertainty about their future. This is evidenced by the estimated 10 million “opportunity youth” between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor in school. Today, that number represents around one in three young people.1 The pandemic has functioned […]

  • How Gen Z Approaches Decision-Making

    How Gen Z Approaches Decision-Making

    American Student Assistance (ASA) is the national nonprofit committed to helping today’s teens and young adults make informed decisions about postsecondary education and career pathways. Beginning in mid-2020 and through April 2021, ASA conducted and commissioned (in collaboration with YPulse and Hanover Research) extensive research and gained valuable insights into the digital lives of Gen […]

  • Working To Learn And Learning To Work: A State-By-State Analysis Of High School Work-Based Learning Policies

    Working To Learn And Learning To Work: A State-By-State Analysis Of High School Work-Based Learning Policies

    Work-based learning, including internships, youth and pre-apprenticeships, and cooperative education programs, allows students to gain work experience while in high school. Through these programs, young people can develop employability and technical skills that can help them succeed beyond high school, including through building positive relationships with adults, developing social capital, and building their networks. High-quality […]

  • Spotlight On High School Internships – Opening Doors to In-Demand Skills, Social Capital and Greater Career Certainty

    Spotlight On High School Internships – Opening Doors to In-Demand Skills, Social Capital and Greater Career Certainty

    The average adult today will hold around twelve jobs in their lifetime. Respective of the modern reality, we know that self-discovery is neither a one-time experience nor something that happens in a vacuum; it happens along a continuum with people learning incrementally more about themselves and their talents and interests well into adulthood. The career […]

  • Digital Economy Is Shaping Foundational Skills For Students

    Digital Economy Is Shaping Foundational Skills For Students

    Labor market data and previously reported research confirm that the skills required of the modern workforce have changed. The new foundational skills of the modern economy include greater digital savvy, increased business acumen, and more versatile human and team-centered workplace competencies. These skills generate substantial salary premiums for the students and workers who master them, […]

  • At The Crossroads Of ‘I Can’, ‘I Should’, And ‘I Want’

    At The Crossroads Of ‘I Can’, ‘I Should’, And ‘I Want’

    How the Japanese framework of Ikigai can help guide American youth toward more targeted education and career pathways. As a generation of American youth graduates into growing unknowns and uncertainty during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly important that their awareness of self and of purpose be clear. For too many young […]

  • Accepting That Four-Year College Is No Longer A Panacea For Today’s Students

    Accepting That Four-Year College Is No Longer A Panacea For Today’s Students

    Labor market data and previously reported research confirm that the skills required of the modern workforce have changed. The new foundational skills of the modern economy include greater digital savvy, increased business acumen, and more versatile human and team-centered workplace competencies. These skills generate substantial salary premiums for the students and workers who master them, […]

  • Understanding Middle and High School Students’ Attitudes Toward Future Plans

    Understanding Middle and High School Students’ Attitudes Toward Future Plans

    Students today tend to be pragmatic — many understand that to have a successful future, they must be willing to work hard now in school. That success, though, is often framed not by the pursuit of wealth and material possessions, but rather by meaningful experiences and happiness. In fact, the majority of middle school and […]