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. 

March 14, 2001

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    5 key elements to a successful school to high-paying career pathway.

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    3 key findings for connecting foster care youth to high paying jobs.

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    The educational resources, assistance and services available for advancing educational opportunities for foster youth.

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    The challenges involved in youth participation for any program or assistance.

Key Takeaway

How to fund the transition from school to college for at-risk youth.

At a time when all youth, regardless of formal school status, require some form of post-secondary education, these resources provide a foundation for communities to create pathways to college for youth at risk, many of whom are in the foster care system. The foundation for this funding is the more than $275 billion in federal, state and local dollars that support public schools—by far the nation’s largest resource for education and training.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations