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New Research Study released by First Place for Youth Co-authored by Pete York

We all know that one size doesn’t fit all, especially with all the growth and lessons that happen between ages 18-24. An exciting new research study has just been released by First Place for Youth and co-authored by Pete York from BCT Partners. The study entitled Raising the Bar: Building system- and provider-level evidence to drive equitable education and employment outcomes for youth in extended foster care.

For more than 20 years, First Place has been providing young people additional support on their paths to self-sufficiency, and this brief shows how data science can be used to individualize extended foster care services and achieve more equitable outcomes. This report was created using BCT Partner's technology platform which used machine learning KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE REPORT INCLUDE

  • Youth who exit foster care at 18 years old are at tremendous risk for financial & life-altering hardships.

  • Youth who engage in extended care have reduced rates of homelessness, unemployment, and imprisonment.

  • However, evidence is lacking on how extended care services aid in education goals & an ability to earn a living wage.

  • Successful self-sufficiency timelines in extended care range from 1.5-5.5 years.

  • This wide range suggests youth would benefit from a more personalized approach with customized milestones & goals.

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