The National Youth Transition Database (NYTD) is an unprecedented opportunity for states to learn how to improve outcomes for youth exiting foster care. This document — a pep-talk packaged in a publication — shares lessons learned from implementing a similar tool called the Opportunity Passport Participant Survey. Readers will hit the report’s final page armed with a confidence boost and clear advice on how to build their state NYTD to comply with federal requirements.  This publication is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

October 4, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of the National Youth in Transition Database.

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    The importance of engaging young people as partners.

  3. 3

    Why states must exceed minimum federal data collection requirements.

  4. 4

    Why it’s critical to maintain contact with former foster care youth.

Key Takeaway

Introducing a database designed to give states the hard numbers to better support older youth in foster care

The long-awaited National Youth in Transition Database — NYTD for short — requires states to track: 1) characteristics of young people in foster care who are receiving independent living services; 2) exactly what services these youth are receiving; and 3) how they fare when transitioning from care. 

Findings & Stats

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