YTFG Publications

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More

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Small Foundations, Big Wins: A Guide to Making Smart Choices About Grantmaking for Vulnerable Youth (2013)

This guide gives leaders of small foundations tried-and-true tools for building a strategic and effective grantmaking program. It also contains tips and examples to help you consider ways to leverage your investments. Download Publication

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Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America’s Youth (2013)

This publication calls for “eduployment” to become our shared framework so that we equally value learning and work in the transition to adulthood.   This brief highlights the need to create a multi-sector infrastructure that refuses to let go of young people and to craft powerful opportunity policies that are proportional to the size of the crisis so thatRead More

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Talking About Youth Transitions

Talking About Youth Transitions provides concrete tools to help you communicate about youth–transition issues in an effective and inclusive way.  This brief was produced by Fenton Communications at the request of YTFG. Different states and organizations will have different policy agendas based on where they are and the different opportunities available in those states. By using common languageRead More

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Connected by 25: Effective Policy Solutions for Vulnerable Youth (2010)

In an effort to strengthen philanthropic investments among its membership, the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTF G) asked a group of policy experts to provide recommendations on how foundations can work to encourage effective policy solutions on issues affecting youth in transition to adulthood. 1  The primary challenge was to think beyond the systemic silos that so deeplyRead More

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Connected by 25: High Leverage Strategies to Address America’s Dropout Crisis – A Guide for Funders (2009)

This guide is designed to help foundations identify investment opportunities that will have the greatest value in advancing efforts to increase graduation rates. There are many different approaches to increase the graduation rate, ranging from early learning opportunities to youth employment programs. Although members of YTFG make investments all along this continuum, our collaborative work has been toRead More

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Youth at High Risk of Disconnection (2008)

This brief, developed by Public Impact for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides a data update of Michael Wald and Tia Martinez’s 2003 paper, Connected by 25: Improving the Life Chances of the Country’s Most Vulnerable 14-24 Year Olds. Download Publication

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Closing the Graduation Gap: A Superintendent’s Guide for Planning Multiple Pathways to Graduation (2008)

This guide is designed to help districts get started on planning a comprehensive process to increase graduation rates. The guide includes several useful features, including: Narrative descriptions of key ideas and strategies Tools to help superintendents and district staff begin planning Case studies from lead districts and Resources for further information Download Publication

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Safe Passage – An Online Toolkit: How Philanthropy is Working Together to Help All of America’s Youth Connect by Age 25 (2008)

Effective solutions to connecting older youth require a response that integrates and coordinates the efforts of diverse professionals and public care agencies.  The report and toolkit provides a rich, contemporary overview of innovative trends and programs affecting vulnerable youth.  In charting these programs, YTFG has identified useful principles and models to guide funders, policymakers, and others as they develop strategiesRead More

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Connected by 25: Improving the Life Chances of the Country’s Most Vulnerable 14-24 Year Olds (2003)

This seminal paper by Michael Wald and Tia Martinez, published in 2003, helped launched the Youth Transition Funders Group.   In this paper, the authors identify those groups of youth at highest risk of long-term disconnection and present reasonable estimate of the number of high-risk youth, in order to inform future projections of the costs and potential benefits ofRead More