A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships


Youth development does not occur in a vacuum, nor can any one entity take on the full responsibility of helping students and youth1 prepare for and pursue successful employment and careers. This is true of all youth. However, this notion is especially relevant to youth with disabilities who may find themselves interacting with multiple systems, entities and professionals at various times during their movement through secondary education and beyond.

This guide covers important considerations for implementing an effective collaborative process for both individual and systems level outcomes. The focus is on useful approaches, policies, and strategies necessary to facilitate partnerships that result in better outcomes for students and youth with disabilities and tangible mutual benefits for collaborating partners.

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