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Right Turn Career-Focused Youth Transition Initiative

Right Turn Career-Focused Youth Transition Initiative

Right Turn Home | About Right Turn | Foundational Materials | Site Profiles | Success Stories | Innovative Practices | Accomplishments: Real World Results

The Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn) provides a career development process for youth that are involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOL-ETA) and led by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), Right Turn is being implemented in high-crime and high-poverty communities across the country by non-profit and local organizations with expertise in career development, education, mentoring, youth development, juvenile justice, and disability.

Icon: The Right Turn LogoAbout Right Turn

An Overview of the Right Turn Program


Icon: Foundational Materials (a detail of a publication titled Guideposts for Success)Foundational Materials & Tools

Right Turn is based on a variety of juvenile justice, youth development, and disability-related materials created by the Institute for Educational Leadership and its partners.


Icon: Site Profiles (Right Turn Staff and Participants)Site Profiles

Right Turn currently has four program sites: Peckham Inc. in Lanisng, Michigan, The Children's Cabinet in Reno, Nevada, Lawrence Hall in Chicago Illinois, and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York.


Icon: Right Turn Success Stories (a Right Turn youth in a computer lab)Success Stories

These success stories show the on-the-ground impact of Right Turn in transforming youths' lives and restoring the community.


Icon: Right Turn Innovative Practices (a group of Right Turn youth speak on panel)Innovative Practices

These are exciting new strategies and partnerships that sites are using to achieve the Right Turn program goals.


Icon: Right Turn Accomplishments (a Right Turn participant with a diploma)Accomplishments: Real World Results

Current staff and participants are building upon the successes of the five original Right Turn program sites in Houston, Lansing, Louisville, Los Angeles, Nashville.