Pathways: When Johnny Ages Out.
Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon).
This report explains the challenges facing foster youth who age out of the foster care system and highlights the efforts of the BNY?s Pathways program to address the issue of youth aging out of foster care. It explains the program is providing $6 million over five years to local groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, and India working with vulnerable youth. In its first year of operation, Pathways funded nine programs in New York, Boston, and Pittsburgh. The local groups offered a range of programming for youth: residential programs, case management services, and dedicated service teams that worked with and connected youth to resources, employment opportunities, vocational programs, educational support, financial literacy training, interviewing skills and other services. Presentations from the 2012 BNY Mellon?s Powering Potential Through Leadership Summit are summarized and address developing programs for foster youth aging out of care, promising practices, employment trends and in-demand skills, the Workforce Investment Board, improving human services programs, and the experiences of former foster youth. The reports concludes with key organizational strategies for improving services to youth, including communicate clearly to youth that they are expected to be successful, engage people on the supply side of jobs, build on previous efforts, and engage with the youth.
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; promising practices; employment