Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice.
Langford, Barbara Hanson. Badeau, Sue Hoag. Legters, Lyman.
Youth Transition Funders Group.
This document begins by exploring the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults, including in the education system, in employment, in child welfare, and in the juvenile justice system. Next, it presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. Finally, this document includes a series of concrete and actionable recommendations for youth system leaders, policymakers, and public and private funders for improving policy and practice to support the well-being of youth who are transitioning to adulthood. Recommendations include: ensure that young people and their families are central in planning and decision-making and empower them to advocate for themselves and promote improvements in policy and practice; eliminate disparities in outcomes for young people of color; deconstruct harmful policies and practices that are inconsistent and incompatible with well-being; proactively improve policy to support well-being; improve, expand, and sustain innovative and evidence-informed practice (including case management, planning, and oversight) to support well-being; identify vulnerable youth populations within youth-serving systems and engage in intentional and meaningful cross-systems alignment and coordination; support professional development for those who work with and care for youth; create developmentally appropriate community supports that promote well-being; invest in systems coordination and alignment; invest in research and evaluation; and develop effective financing strategies to support implementation of well-being recommendations. 29 references. (Author abstract modified)
interagency collaboration; foster adolescents; schools; employment; well being; independent living skills; independent living