Comparing Outcomes Reported by Young People: Data Brief #4

At Age 17 and 19 in NYTD, Cohort 1

By National Youth in Transition Database

December 10, 2014

Summary

This brief presents research findings from National Youth in Transition Database surveys comparing youth at age 17 and at age 19. It includes key comparisons by gender and foster care status.

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Key Takeaway

Some kids need more help growing up

At age 17, over half of the reporting youth were attending school, had positive connections to at least one adult and were receiving Medicaid with no history of high-risk outcomes. At age 19, many of these positive indicators were still in play. Yet survey results suggest that boys with histories of incarceration, substance abuse or homelessness have more challenges as they age. The lesson? Continue supporting youth who may be vulnerable to risky behaviors as they move into adulthood. 

Reported Outcomes by Age and Gender

Findings & Stats

Jobs vs. Assistance

51% of 19-year-old respondents reported some job-related experience while 43% reported receiving some form of financial assistance. 

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