New LeadersUp Report Provides Key Insights For Transition Age Youth, Employment Opportunities, And Wraparound Career Support

Transition Age Youth Key Insights Report

“California’s foster care system is responsible for over 62,035 youth and over 20,000 of them reside in Los Angeles County.”

Currently, there are over 5.5 million young adults in the U.S. between the ages of 18 to 24 who are unemployed and not in school. This group is widely known as Opportunity Youth, and inside this hard-to-reach and disconnected population, there exists an even harder to reach group: Transition Age Youth (TAY). TAY consists of young adults aged 16 to 21 who are aging out of foster care and losing access to their safety net. Across the nation, 20,000 of them are emancipated (or exit foster care) each year and are no longer supported by their respective states.

California’s foster care system is responsible for more than 62,035 youth, and more than 20,000 of them reside in Los Angeles County. In an effort to learn more about the unique needs of TAY and the best ways to reach them, LeadersUp, with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, conducted a demonstration project to facilitate career pathways towards secured livelihoods for Transition Age Youth. For the past two years, along with the demonstration project, LeadersUp also conducted a series of focus groups with the TAY community. We developed a forum to receive open, honest feedback and opinions from TAY regarding: skills training, employment outlooks, general values and motivation. As a talent development accelerator focused on ending the youth unemployment crisis and closing the Opportunity Divide, the core of LeadersUp’s commitment to young adults involves equipping individuals with the necessary career skills and finding pathways that lead to vibrant, financially stable and thriving lives.

This key insights report provides results and findings from our work with the hope of better informing the wider community working with the TAY population, especially with regards to providing access to employment opportunities and developing wraparound career support.

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LeadersUp new report informs a wider community working with the TAY population on successful strategies on providing access to employment opportunities and developing wraparound career support

One of the most persistent challenges in preparing young adults for the workplace, is the mismatch of the in-demand skills that employers are seeking in the workplace, and the types of skills providers are developing for young people.

Research finds that many of the challenges TAY experience are often directly tied to criteria for accessing and sustaining employment