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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Which issues organizations are tackling related to older youth.
What data these organizations are gathering to do their work.
How KIDS COUNT grantees advocate on behalf of older youth.
Next steps for KIDS COUNT grantees that work with older youth.
Challenges grantees face in advocating for older youth.
This report examines how 12 KIDS COUNT grantees are working to advance policies and practices for older youth. It draws on interviews and document reviews to identify common issues, challenges and strategies related to pushing the youth advocacy agenda forward across the country.
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The 2004 KIDS COUNT Data Book outlined key issues affecting older youth — and this wasn’t news to many KIDS COUNT grantees
KIDS COUNT grantees have a long history of advocating for older youth — including groups of youth known to face significant hurdles when navigating early adulthood. These at-risk populations include: 1) school dropouts; 2) teen parents; 3) kids in foster care; and 4) justice-involved youth.
Findings & Stats
A Common Core
All KIDS COUNT grantees collect data and generate yearly indicator reports. Beyond this work, their agencies and advocacy efforts vary widely.
A Common Challenge
Many grantees identified fragmented state-level programs and services as a significant barrier to their work supporting older youth.
Adverse Event Overload
KIDS COUNT grantees serving older youth are typically long on negative indicators — like violent death and dropout measures — and short on positive ones.
Researchers found that grantees fell short in using one strategy in particular: youth involvement in decision making.
Statements & Quotations
KIDS COUNT grantees and their counterparts in other state advocacy organizations have advanced an impressive range of specific issues facing older youth.
Taking raw data, analyzing it and identifying indicators and benchmarks that can tell a story about the well-being of youth are important components of the work that KIDS COUNT grantees do.
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