Podcast

Evidence First: Supporting the Transition to Adulthood

09/2015

How do young adults fare after they age out of the foster care or juvenile justice systems? And are there services that can help these young people make a successful transition to adulthood?

With funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, MDRC just released results from an evaluation of the Transitional Living Program (now called YVLifeSet) run by the organization Youth Villages. The program provides intensive, individualized, and clinically focused case management, support, and counseling. This is one of the few rigorously studied programs in this area and the first to find positive results for young adults across a wide range of outcomes, including earnings, housing stability, and economic well-being. Join Therese Leung as she talks to Erin Valentine, a researcher at MDRC, about the evaluation.

About MDRC’s “Evidence First” Podcast Series

Policymakers talk about solutions, but which ones really work? Join Therese Leung as she talks with MDRC researchers about the best evidence available on education and social programs that serve low-income people.
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Therese Leung is the Associate Director of External Affairs where she helps lead MDRC’s outreach to Congress, federal agencies, advocacy organizations, and think tanks. Therese used to work as an advisor to the Committee on Education and Labor in the House of Representatives and at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC.