Striving for Independence: Two-Year Impact Findings From the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation.
Skemer, Melanie. Valentine, Erin Jacobs.
xi, ES1-ES10, 53 p.
Published: November 2016
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The Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation is testing whether the Transitional Living program, operated by the social service organization Youth Villages, makes a difference in the lives of young men and women with histories of foster care or juvenile justice custody. The program, which was renamed “YVLifeSet” in April 2015, is intended to help these young people make a successful transition to adulthood by providing intensive, individualized, and clinically focused case management, support, and counseling. The evaluation uses a rigorous random assignment design and is set in Tennessee, where Youth Villages operates its largest Transitional Living program. From October 2010 to October 2012, more than 1,300 young people were assigned, at random, to either a program group, which was offered the Transitional Living program’s services, or to a control group, which was not offered those services. Using survey and administrative data, the evaluation measured outcomes for both groups to assess whether Transitional Living services led to better outcomes. This third evaluation report uses administrative data to assess the program’s impacts in three of the original six domains — education; employment and earnings; and criminal involvement — during the second year after study enrollment. Taken together, the one- and two-year results show that participation in the Transitional Living program had modest, positive impacts on a broad range of outcomes. The program boosted earnings, increased housing stability and economic well-being, and improved some outcomes related to health and safety. The program did not, however, improve outcomes in the areas of education, social support, or criminal involvement. Implications of the findings are discussed. 6 tables and 24 references. (Author abstract modified)
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living; independent living skills; promising practices; case management; therapeutic effectiveness; education; juvenile delinquency; criminal charges; employment; housing