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A Promising Model for Transition-Age Youth

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has released a new report on a promising model for helping older foster youth successfully transition to adulthood and avoid homelessness. The researchers tracked 98 youth over three years who received service coordination, intensive case management, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Youth showed significant improvement in employment, financial literacy, and developing connections. Young people involved in the study said their experience with DBT was positive, helping them learn coping skills and regulate their emotions.



We Think Twice: For and By Young People

We Think Twice is an online resource hub for teens, designed by teens. The space, funded by the Administration for Children and Families’, Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, helps young people learn about peer pressure, goal-setting, financial literacy, writing resumes, the real cost of having a baby, drug and alcohol use, dating and relationships, and more. Youth can continue to help shape and develop the site by providing feedback on We Think Twice products, designs, and social media campaigns. Young people who engage with the site can also earn gift cards.



Can Extended Foster Care Reduce the Risk of Youth Homelessness?

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago delves into this question in a new brief. Researchers analyzed interviews from over 600 youth in foster care in California to assess their experiences with homelessness. They examined two data collection points—the first and third interviews with transition-age foster youth conducted over a four-year period, between ages 17 and 21. They found that about one third of the youth had experienced homelessness between 17 and 21. The majority of those who had been homeless said their total number of days of homelessness was less than 3 months within that four-year period, and their longest single episode of homelessness was between one week and three months. 



Measuring the Benefits of Social Capital to Young People

In Defining and Measuring Social Capital for Young People: A Practical Review of the Literature on Resource-Full Relationships, the authors define social capital as the developmental relationships young people make and the many kinds of life-enhancing benefits that accrue to them through those relationships. Access to social capital is associated with a variety of positive health, education, and employment outcomes, but useful measurement tools for youth agencies are just beginning to be developed.


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Out-of-School-Time Youth Worker Stress

Working with youth in out-of-school-time programs can be stressful, and that stress can impact the young people in those settings. A recent study appearing in the Journal of Youth Development delved into the experiences of more than 100 youth workers in 25 programs to better understand their personal and professional stressors. Researchers found that workers’ personal stress combined with a negative work environment was associated with higher levels of job stress while positive and substantial supervisor support was associated with lower levels of stress.




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