How the Jim Casey Initiative is helping young people in foster care achieve critical milestones in permanence, education, employment, financial capability, housing, physical and mental health and social capital.
How the Jim Casey Initiative integrates young people’s voices into every part of its work.
How the Jim Casey Initiative collaborates with national and local partners, policymakers and young people to create conditions that improve outcomes for youth transitioning to adulthood.
Drawing on 15 years’ worth of Opportunity Passport™ participant survey data, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative reflects on its many successes and underscores its vision to help young people transitioning from foster care thrive in the areas of permanence, education, employment, financial capability, housing, physical and mental health and social capital.
The Jim Casey Initiative is empowering young people in foster care by giving them a voice
Findings & Stats
The Jim Casey Initiative has served nearly 10,000 young people who have experienced foster care since its inception in 2001.
The percentage of Opportunity Passport™ participants under 18 who report they live in a family setting — with family or in a foster family — has been steadily increasing: from 67% in 2005 to 79% in 2015
Among young people in Jim Casey Initiative sites, age-appropriate work experience has increased from 49% in 2005 to 66% in 2015.
Statements & Quotations
With many achievements under our belt, we at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative remain driven to ensure that every young person in this country has a rock-solid foundation upon which to build a successful adulthood.
– Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, director of the Jim Casey Initiative
While I don’t like the idea of relying on others to help me get where I want to go, this program has given me that extra push I needed to get into a healthy lifestyle in which I can look to the future and have a safe, secure plan as to how I want to build my independent life.
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