Getting a leg up when you’re in foster care is not easy. To assist in this effort, Casey asked the Workforce Strategy Center to identify best practices and programs that would help prepare foster care youth for high-paying jobs and career opportunities. This report presents their findings for creating effective foster care programs and models outside the system including key practice principles and further recommendations for improving programs and pathways. Actual programs, practices, services and avenues of funding are presented.
How to fund the transition from school to college for at-risk youth.
Findings & Stats
Low Wage, Low Potential
Low wage entry-level jobs typically require minimum training, pay low wages, and offer little prospect for career advancement.
Transportation is the main issue in virtually all programs seeking to work with poor, at-risk participants.
The Cost of Education
Most communities now spend $5,000 per student per year or more to finance public education.
That portion of per student/per year school funding which flows to communities is a potential resource for students who have dropped out of school.
Statements & Quotations
Given the structure of today’s economy, the WSC [Workforce Strategy Center] believes that effective school to career strategies will require a pathway to high wage, high skill jobs. This pathway calls for some form of postsecondary education and training and connection as well as a direct connection to high wage, high demand skill sectors.
National experience shows that connection with a caring adult is one of the most effective interventions in youth programming. About half of the programs contacted [for this report] incorporate mentoring as an element of program operations.
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