Developed with generous support from Citi Foundation, Connecting Opportunity Youth and Employers through Work-Based Learning incorporates current research and best practices informed by YouthBuild USA’s collaboration with YouthBuild programs that participated in the YouthBuild High-Demand Career Pathways Initiative.


The paper embeds resources throughout the paper that demonstrate how adjustments for virtual learning and working can be implemented within programs.  The paper’s key areas of focus include:

  • Opportunity youth, 21st century skills, and their role in the YouthBuild model;
  • Work-based learning definitions, key elements, continuum, and common components;
  • Promising strategies, common standards, and recommendations from YouthBuild programs to establish effective work-based learning opportunities; and
  • Benefits seen from work-based learning experiences.