Building on Strengths. Deepening Our Work. Reaching New Heights.
From November 11-13, 2014, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative gathered staff, sites, young people, and other partners and experts in issues affecting older youth in foster care for our annual Fall Convening in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Featuring keynote remarks from Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor of The Atlantic, and Dr. Tony Biglan, senior scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and co-director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium, this year’s Convening re-energized participants around challenges that need to be addressed for young people in foster care, including race equity, health and mental health, and strategic policy initiatives.
While exploring new approaches and emerging strategies, the Convening also celebrated past site successes in building a better path for young people in foster care. We released a new report detailing the milestones of our Success Beyond 18 campaign, and providing a framework for future progress in advancing successful transitions for young people leaving foster care.
Convening participants built on partnerships and made new connections. They took a deeper dive into strategies for building financial capability and leveraging new features of the Opportunity Passport™ data system. And we released a new issue brief on building financial capability.
We would like to thank our speakers, panelists, facilitators, workshop presenters, and participants for making this our best Fall Convening yet. With your partnership, we can Reach New Heights in 2015 for young people transitioning from foster care.