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The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive

The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning from Foster Care: Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Jim Casey Initiative’s Opportunity Passport program is a matched-savings intervention to help improve the financial capabilities of young people as they transition from foster care to adulthood. This research brief presents key findings from the survey data of program participants since 2008. The employment data includes rates, full-time status, average hours worked per week, hourly wages, and training experiences. Results indicate that Opportunity Passport participants seem to be faring well in employment. A higher proportion of Opportunity Passport participants are employed compared with young people in the general population as well as 17- and 19-year old National Youth in Transition Database respondents. However, some participants lagged behind others in employment gains, including young parents and young people in group placements.The brief provides recommendations for how policymakers and service providers should use this information to more effectively support young people. 

Accession number
25653
Type new
Brief
Organization

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Series
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge on the Annie E. Casey website at: https://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/aecf-theeconomicwellbeingofyouth-201…

Improving Outcomes for Transitional Youth: Considerations for Pay for Success Projects

Improving Outcomes for Transitional Youth: Considerations for Pay for Success Projects
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Urban Institute summaries insights drawn from a collaboration of researchers, practitioners, and local government officials, known as a Community of Practice, which convened to discuss issues facing transitional youth. The Urban Institute defines this population as young people, ages 16 to 24, who age out of foster care without plans for reunification or adoption and who are often involved with juvenile justice. The collaboration looked at funding transitional youth programs using the pay for success (PFS) model. The brief provides recommendations developed by the Community of Practice aimed at local governments, service providers, and other partners considering PFS projects for transitional youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25837
Authors
Mitra-Majumdar, M., Fudge, K., Ramakrishnan, K.
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institutes website at: https://pfs.urban.org/library/pfs-guidance-briefs-and-reports/content/i…