Dr. Jonathan F. Zaff is executive director of the Center for Promise, the research center of America's Promise Alliance. He is also a research associate professor in the department of child development and a senior fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
His research focuses primarily on understanding how to create the conditions within which all children and youth thrive academically, socially, vocationally, and civically. The results of his work have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at local, national,and international conferences.
Prior to joining America's Promise, Jonathan was a research associate at Child Trends and founder of the youth voice organization, 18to35 (merged with Mobilize.org).
Jonathan received his Ph.D. in lifespan developmental psychology from the University of Georgia.
An Evidence Base For Expanding Services to Disconnected Youth As of 2010, more than one million 16-to-19 year-olds (6%) in the United States were classified as disconnected youth. Being disconnected places a burden on individual youth and on the broader society. The combined lifetime social and fiscal cost has been estimated to be equal to $1 trillion for a single cohort of disconnected youth. The disconnection rate has declined from a high of 14% 40 years ago, with possible reasons for improvement including efforts to improve high school graduation rates and increases in funding and programming focused on disconnected youth, such as through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, Job Corps, and Youth Build. Join America’s Promise Alliance researcher Jonathan Zaff as he provides a research-based alternative perspective for why the disconnected youth rate has improved: people. His research shows that the adult capacity in the community and the supports that these adults provide can put more young people on a positive pathway to adult success. Jonathan’s research is particularly relevant to advocates for the expansion and strengthening of youth-focused neighborhood assets – like dropout recovery schools, job training – and increasing the overall community's capacity to support its young people.
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