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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

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

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

Connected by 25: Financing Workforce Development Programs for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (2007)

This brief explores the range of partners and resources that community leaders and program developers can engage to support workforce development opportunities for youth transitioning from foster care. It draws on the experiences of the field as well as the FCWG demonstration sites and aims to further inform those efforts. Download Publication

Connected by 25: Financing Entrepreneurship Programs for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (2007)

This brief explores the range of partners and resources that community leaders and program developers can engage to support entrepreneurship opportunities for youth transitioning from foster care. It draws on the experiences of the field as well as the FCWG demonstration sites and aims to further inform those efforts. Download Publication

Connected by 25: Financing Asset-Building and Financial Education Programs for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (2007)

This brief explores the range of partners and resources that community leaders and program developers can engage to support asset-building and financial education programs for youth transitioning from foster care. It draws on the experiences of the field as well as the FCWG demonstration sites and aims to further inform those efforts. Download Publication

Beyond the Tunnel Problem: Addressing Cross-Cutting Issues that Impact Vulnerable Youth (2005)

Across the country, mayors, commissioners, superintendents, governors, and state policymakers are innovating to address the needs of vulnerable youth. These efforts take many forms: restructuring high schools to improve graduation rates, creating developmentally appropriate interventions to reduce juvenile delinquency, and revamping child welfare practices to keep more youth safely in their homes are just a few of these strategies.Read More

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

Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in Successful Futures for Foster Youth (2003)

This investment plan calls for government, foundations, community organizations, and individuals to mobilize their energy and resources with a greater focus on the future of youth currently in and those aging out of foster care. Accordingly, this plan outlines five strategies aimed at helping foster youth to achieve economic success, which is a critical building block for futureRead More

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