ACF's Youth Demonstration Development (YDD) project was a 40-month effort to develop an evidence-informed conceptual framework to support efforts to move at-risk youth towards self-sufficient adulthoods. This brief summarizes the results of this study, and presents a framework for efforts to increase the likelihood that youth at greater risk of negative outcomes will enter a career workforce trajectory and prepare to become well-functioning, self-sufficient adults. The study's framework is particularly relevant for youth who are or could be served by ACF programs—especially homeless youth, youth in the foster care system, and teen parents—but it may also apply to programs sponsored by other agencies serving similar populations.
The framework suggests the possibility of using evidence-informed interventions to address two primary areas: youth's resilience and human capital development. It suggests finding tailored solutions grounded in a trusting relationship between youth and program staff to help move youth toward both healthy functioning and economic self-sufficiency as they transition to adulthood.
Report Title: A Framework for Advancing the Well-Being and Self-Sufficiency of At-Risk Youth (Brief)
Report Title: Advancing the Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being of At-Risk Youth: A Conceptual Framework (Full Report)
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Erica Zielewski, 202-401-5995
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 10141 and 10142 (April 8, 2013)