Community-Based Re-Engagement Coaches Pilot  

16-24 Out of School, Out of Work Alignment Team




The 16-24 Out of School, Out of Work Alignment Team focuses on the educational and employment needs of young adults ages 16-24 who have left secondary education without a diploma and are not employed.

There are approximately 10,000 young adults between the ages of 16-24 without a high school diploma and without a job in Nashville/Davidson County (2010 U.S. Census). For each high school dropout who remains unemployed, the total social burden is approximately $37,450 per year*. Alignment Nashville's 16-24 A-Team shares the belief that without further education and/or job preparation, these young adults will not make the transition to productive, working adults and incarceration is much more likely than not.*

*  The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth, 2012.  W.K. Kellog Foundation for the Coorpration for National and Communtiy Service



Coaching Tactic: The 16-24 A-Team is seeking candidates (existing staff of organizations) to be a part of a ground-breaking Re-Engagement Coaching pilot program (Re3).

This is the second pilot in this strategy.  This will be a 1-year pilot which has been designed to build and capitalize on a community-based network of coaches which are current staff members within organizations that already serve the 16-24 year old population in some capacity.  

The selected coaches will receive (1) an intensive 4 half-day coaches training, (2) supplemented with a 16-24 OOS, OOW Resource Guide compiled and written with the direction of the 16-24 A-Team. This guide has been created in response to needs identified through a survey of 16-24 year olds about their needs and barriers to attaining a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certification and (3) on-going support from the Re3 Coaches Training staff, access to 16-24 Team Members and a member of the Re3 coaching community with on-line resources and communications.

Target Population: 

All 16-24 Year olds in Metro Nashville who have not completed a secondary diploma or certification. 


The primary outcomes supported by this Invitation to Participate™ (ITP™) will be to:

  • Short term outcome
    • 50% of opportunity youth that sign a coaching contract will write an education/career plan with short, mid and long term goals within 30 days of signing coaching agreement
    • Increase of the trained Re3 coaching network by 100%
    • 75% of trained Re3 Coaches create on-line coaching community of practice through discussions and resource sharing using ComCo.
  • Mid-term outcome
    • Retention of trained coaches is 75% at the end of 6 month pilot
    • 20% of new youth (1) signing coaching agreement, (2) creating a education/career plan, and (3) complete plan and (4) gain employment.
    • 50% of Opportunity Youth that (1) sign contract and (2) create an education/career plan (3) access education or career resources.
    • 75% of coaches find the online coaching resource community (message boards) as a meaningful and responsive resource.




Organizations with staff members who already work in serving the 16-24 YO community in a mentor/counseling or other capacity.  The selected staff member will be required to complete an intensive 4 half-day coaches training and become a train-the-trainer with future cohorts.  This would be staff in organizations that already work with this population and would like to gain additional skills to better serve and support the 16-24 year olds that are wanting to make positive change and progress in their own lives. 

Skills and Attributes of a Successful Reengagement Coach

  • Self awareness
  • Broad vision with flexibility to attend to detail
  • Excellent Communication skills; verbal and written
  • Understanding of target audience
  • Probes for pertinent details
  • Perceptive
  • Lifelong learner; open to coaching and teaching
  • Willingness to collaborate and share experience, expertise with peers
  • Ability to motivate others

Re-engagement Coaches Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Attend training in the Reengagement Coach Interaction (RCI) model (3 days total)
  • Implement the RCI model with clients of the contributing organization
  • Fidelity to Alignment Nashville (AN) 16-24 Team reporting guidelines is required
  • Set clear, measurable goals for self and others
  • Obtain client commitment to program and plan
  • Model and teach 21st12st century learning skills:  critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity
  • Model and teach 21st century information, media and technology skills as needed
  • Collaborate with both the contributing organization and other local resource organizations in service to clients
  • Manage data and recordkeeping via technology efficiently using standard formats
  • Provide pilot program feedback to AN's 16-24 OOS/OOW Committee



Deadline to Respond to ITP: September 30, 2015

Community Meeting: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

2:00 pm at Goodwill Industries Lifsey Center, 937 Herman St., Nashville, 37208

Organization/Staff Interviews:  Month of October 2015

Selection of Coach Trainees:  November 4, 2015

Notification to Organzations:  by November 11, 2015

Coaches Training:  January 2016

Pilot Kick-Off Event:  February 3, 2016




o    If you have any questions about this Invitation to Participate, please click here to email Glen Biggs, or call 615-585-8731.

o    To learn more about about the 16-24 OOS, OOW Alignment Team and its work, click here.

o    To contribute additional resources to the Re3 Reengagement Resource Guide click here

o    To learn more about how our Invitation To ParticipateTM ( ITPTM) process works, click here.

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