School-Community Collaborations: Implementing Programs for Youth Transitiioning into Adulthood

Open Access
Mustafaa, Rafiqah
Area of Honors:
Political Science
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dana Lynn Mitra, Thesis Supervisor
  • Michael Barth Berkman, Honors Advisor
  • Post-Secondary Transitions
  • Implementation of Educational Programs
There are a wide range of transitional programs that are aimed towards helping young students prepare for college, the workplace, and adult life. These programs are beneficial because they provide youth with helpful information regarding what adult life will be like; connect these youth to people who can offer them advice and guidance; and allow youth to gain hands-on experiences related to their future paths. Because these programs can be incredibly beneficial, it is important to consider the factors that must be taken into consideration when program directors and coordinators are implementing programs for youth. Drawing from literature on public policy implementation, this study outlines the factors that must be taken into consideration—the clear articulation of the program’s mission, the way in which various actors collaborate, how individuals’ prior training, knowledge, and motivations affect their role in the transitional program, and what evaluation techniques are employed to improve the operation of the program. Using results from interviews with directors of three transitional programs in Columbus, Ohio, I examine how transitional programs may be affected by the same factors as other public policy programs.