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Utilizing Coaching to Prevent Homelessness Among Transition-Age Youth with Foster Care Histories

Prendergast, T., Davis, L.
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Center for Policy Research


This brief provides an overview of how child welfare providers can use a coach-like engagement approach to work with at-risk youth. During Phase I, a Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) grantee in Colorado developed an intervention model to prevent and address homelessness among transition-age youth. The authors describe the Pathways to Success model as an intensive, youth-driven, case management approach designed for youth ages 14 to 21 who are currently in foster care, preparing to age out, or have already aged out and become homeless. Furthermore, the model uses a coaching method adapted from the Co-Active Life Coaching model originally designed for adult and college student populations. Now in Phase II, the grantee has implemented the program in three collaborative test sites that represent urban, suburban, and rural communities across Colorado. (author abstract modified)


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Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue