The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Foster Youth Strategic Initiative (the Initiative) aims to ensure that older youth in foster care in Los Angeles County (LA) and New York City (NYC) become self-sufficient and thriving adults. The Initiative equips transition age foster youth (foster TAY) ages 16 to 24 for career and college success.
To help foster youth achieve positive educational and career outcomes, the Initiative’s grantees provide a continuum of supports designed to help all foster TAY gain the skills and supports they need to thrive. Grantees also provide targeted supports for youth who have historically faced greater challenges, including expectant and parenting foster youth and foster youth who cross over into the juvenile justice system. Across all its work, the Initiative promotes greater alignment and coordination between TAY-serving systems. This report summarizes some of the major accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned from the Initiative in 2019.
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