*Video about the need for YOUTHRIVE (1 minute)

Most young people that are transitioning to adulthood have a strong support network of family and others who are committed to helping them be successful.

The situation is vastly different for the approximate 25,000 foster youth that have been in the custody of the state prior to becoming an adult and “aging out”.  These young people are often faced with navigating this difficult transition with little to no support.  Without the support they need, the outcomes experienced by these young adults are sobering.

Outcomes:

  • Only 58% will graduate high school by age 19
  • Only 3% will earn a college degree by age 25
  • 1 in 4 will be involved in the justice system within 2 years
  • 1 in 5 will be homeless by age 21
  • 50% will experience at least one economic hardship
  • 71% of females will become pregnant by age 21
  • >50% will be unemployed by age 24

The personal impact to these young people should be cause alone to motivate us to act.  And yet the resulting costs to our community are also staggering.

Costs:

  • Each year ~25,000 youth transition out of foster care nationally and introduce incremental costs to our communities of $7.5 billion over their lifetime.
  • In Kansas last year, 329 foster youth transitioned out and introduced incremental lifetime costs of approximately $100 million.

Read about our program to address these needs:  MyPath

References:

Outcomes: Midwest Study

Costs: Jim Casey Cost Study