Opportunity Road

The Promise and Challenge of America's Forgotten Youth

This report highlights the strategies that are currently working to give “opportunity youth” with challenging life circumstances the right combination of training, support and experiences to make successful transitions to meaningful careers.

January 1, 2012

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Unlocking the Gate

What We Know About Improving Developmental Education

This report, powered by 40 years of research and writings on developmental education, opens with a sobering look at the struggles community colleges face in advancing remedial-level students into successful college careers. Readers will learn about four current strategies for reforming the field of developmental education as well as innovative next steps that hold the promise for more radical change.

June 1, 2011

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Foster Care to 21: Doing it Right

This issue brief outlines critical questions and policy moves for states to consider when extending foster care to age 21. It champions comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate programs that offer youth the priceless opportunity to have more time, support and space to grow into successful adults.   

April 19, 2011

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Casey Connects: Winter 2010-2011

This issue of Casey Connects highlights how the Foundation is honoring Jim Casey’s legacy by putting families first. New York City implemented an evidence-based practice approach in helping troubled teens remain with their families. The entire community of New Britain, Connecticut, embraced family literacy and a grade-level reading campaign to ensure all students succeed. Using social networking technology, Casebook helps transform child welfare case management, taking caseworkers away from administrative tasks and closer to family needs. 

January 4, 2011

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A Profile of Disconnected Young Adults in 2010

In 16 fact-packed pages, this report rings the alarm on a growing demographic: young adults who have fallen off the road to economic independence. Readers will learn how this group compares to their self-sufficient counterparts, the lasting consequences of missing the adulthood mark, and specific strategies for helping these wayward individuals get their lives — and futures — back on track.       

December 1, 2010

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Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs

Of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

Our current system of educational supports is failing youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This wide-ranging report outlines the challenges, legislative landscape and promising evidence-based interventions. It closes with a clear call to action for all child-serving agencies

May 17, 2010

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Residential Instability and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Education Program

What We Know, Plus Gaps in Research

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program promises services and support to help homeless students succeed. This report spells out what we know — and all that we do not know — about the program’s impact on academic outcomes since its creation in 1987. It ends with an urgent call to fill in an array of research gaps so that policymakers can make informed decisions about the program's future and its capacity to ease the burden of residential instability on today’s youth.           

May 1, 2010

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