Kids in Foster Care
There is a quiet crisis that families across our country face, and a symptom is the dramatic increase in the number of kids in care each year. We see next-step solutions for kids in the deep end who will age out of care, for maintaining stability for kids and families working to reunify with one another, and for high-impact interventions to help families work through the real issues that lead to formal involvement with the foster system.
Opportunity youth are those young people between the ages of 16 – 24 that are disengaged from both education and employment. It is natural to see focus on one area – going to school but not working, or working but waiting to jump back into school. The phenomena of opportunity youth – who are doing neither – is not new, but it too, is pervasive. Estimates from multiple research universities agree that about 1 in 7 young people in this age range are opportunity . . . equating to about 5,500,000 disconnected youth! When the estimated economic loss of $14,000 per year that each youth remains disconnected, there is an economic value of at least $77,000,000,000 missing from our economy. We think that we can do something about it through a combination of our mentoring strategies, targeted case management expertise, skills training, and large network of collaborating partners. Just ask us, and we will happily share more.
Low-Income, At-Risk Youth
We’ve already talked about the chronically-disengaged opportunity youth, however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that 2 in 5 youth in the 16-24 age range are not consistently connected to education or employment. Across cultural lines, kids who grow up in low-income families are 25% less likely to be consistently engaged in education or employment and highly likely to become opportunity youth. We disrupt for these youth as they are significantly more likely to find trouble than their middle-income and high-income peers.