COMING THIS SUMMER

Together with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative will host the National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement on August 5 & 6. Join the nation’s leading policy makers, youth advocates, researchers, grant makers, and practitioners across the disciplines of health, education, finance, and other cornerstones of successful adulthood to share best practices in authentic youth engagement and build a movement to improve the lives of young people nationwide. 

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  • OUTCOME: a Permanent Family

    Connect each young person with a permanent family or committed, caring adult by the time they leave foster care.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: Racially equitable services/Supports

    Make sure each young person leaving foster care has racially and ethnically equitable services and supports.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: A Stable Education

    Provide a stable education and postsecondary opportunities for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: Opportunities for Economic Success

    Create opportunities for economic success for all young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: a place to live

    Provide safe, affordable housing to young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: physical and Mental Health Care

    Provide access to physical and mental health care for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

    Make it happen
  • OUTCOME: Young People Shape Their Future

    Make sure young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood get to shape their own futures.

    Make it happen

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Success Beyond 18 PSA

SUCCESS BEYOND 18 INFOGRAPHIC

For every young person who ages out of foster care, taxpayers and communities pay an average of $300,000 in social costs like public assistance, incarceration, and lost wages to a community over that person’s lifetime. A new, first-of-its-kind infographic from the Jim Casey Initiative’s Success Beyond 18 campaign compares the costs of doing nothing with the benefits of extending foster care and doing it right, making a powerful case for investing in young people before they transition out of foster care so they can experience a better path to adulthood.

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AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE:

The Costs of Doing Nothing Affect Us All

"Now imagine what it’s like to be a teenager in foster care. As these young people approach legal adulthood, they face tremendous obstacles, including the unrealistic expectation that they will be able to succeed on their own when they turn 18." writes Executive Director Gary Stangler.

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When I entered foster care I was hurt, I was angry, I was frustrated and I was quiet. I thought I was the only one going through something. But I learned that caseworkers care, strangers care, and the young people on the youth leadership board—they care about me.

—Jasmine

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