Last Thursday, we were fortunate enough to have Gary Stangler, Executive Director for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative speak to staff, donors, and youth at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. The theme of the talk was simple: “Foster youth in transition are among the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Stangler. Supporting their transition, “is not only the right thing to do, but it is economically smart.”
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is working to ensure that every young person leaving foster care has the opportunities and support needed for a successful transition to adulthood. They do this by working with states and communities across the country to address policies, promote youth engagement, evaluate current systems, apply data-based research, and create community partnerships. The result is more opportunities for young people to achieve positive outcomes in permanence, education, employment, housing, health, financial capability, and social capital.