Success Beyond 18 Initiative is Launched by Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Posted May 6, 2013
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog successbeyond18 2013

Too many young adults across the coun­try leave fos­ter care each year with­out fam­i­lies and the oppor­tu­ni­ties they need to help them suc­ceed. As a result, they are more like­ly than their peers to drop out of school, become par­ents before they are ready, expe­ri­ence home­less­ness, or end up in jail—costly con­se­quences that affect us all.

We can’t wait to act, and we don’t have to. That is why the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has joined the Suc­cess Beyond 18 cam­paign spon­sored by the Jim Casey Youth Oppor­tu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive. The effort, launched on Capi­tol Hill in May 2013, aims to change the sta­tus quo and give young peo­ple in fos­ter care bet­ter oppor­tu­ni­ties to suc­ceed in fam­i­ly, work and life.

We know the field has made progress in sup­port­ing young peo­ple from fos­ter care, and the time is right to cre­ate a bet­ter path. The cam­paign believes:

  • Young peo­ple are not on their own at age 18
  • Young peo­ple have a mean­ing­ful voice and say in thi­er future
  • Greater account­abil­i­ty leads to more pos­i­tive outcomes

Learn more about the Suc­cess Beyond 18 cam­paign to build a bet­ter path for young peo­ple tran­si­tion­ing from fos­ter care to adulthood.

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