Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood

Child Trends recently released a factsheet on What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood.

Observations included the following:

  • Targeting low-income and or high-risk youth early during their transition to adulthood can be effective at improving education and employment outcomes.

  • Programs that were implemented over a long period of time were more effective at improving educational attainment.

  • Mentoring has a positive impact on school and employment outcomes, and is also associated with decreased delinquency.

  • Individual case managers who assess the needs of the participants, coordinate ongoing services, track participant progress, and provide ongoing support and guidance increase the probability of improved outcomes.

  • Programs that implement skills training techniques have been found to be effective at improving some outcomes, but not reproductive health outcomes. None of the sexual risk-taking programs were consistently successful at changing behaviors among youth.

  • Providing child care for participants contributes to education attainment, school attendance, employment, and earnings.

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