On the Road to Adulthood: A Databook about Teenagers and Young Adults in the District

Comey, J.,
Smith, E.,
Tatian, P. A.
Paper/Research Report
Year Published: 2009
The Urban Institute and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
The World Bank Group

To better understand the challenges facing older youth in the District of Columbia today, and to help city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local funders devise better programs and strategies for helping older youth, this databook describes the current conditions for young people age 12 to 24 in the city. The authors include indicators showing current conditions and trends for District of Columbia older youth in the areas of economic well-being, health, education, risky behavior, and positive extracurricular activities. Wherever possible, they provide data at the ward level and by race and ethnicity. The authors also provide data by gender and poverty status when significant to the indicator. The report is loosely organized around four of the District's Interagency Collaboration and Services Integration Commission's citywide goals for youth and young adults. Throughout the databook, the authors refer to various community-based nonprofits that work with District teenagers and young adults on specific issues; full profiles of these organizations are provided in an appendix.

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