The California Connected by 25 Initiative (CC25I) was a six-year initiative led by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation and Stuart Foundation to transform county child welfare practice and improve outcomes in key areas of the lives of foster youth ages 14 through 24. Developed to fundamentally change the trajectory for youth emancipating from foster care, grants were provided to child welfare departments in Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Orange, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano, and Stanislaus counties to develop community partnerships, engage and empower youth, and collect and evaluate data. Through the course of the initiative, the county sites were able to improve education, permanency, housing, and other critical outcomes for transition age foster youth, ultimately increasing their opportunities and ability to succeed in life. CC25I ended December 31, 2011.
Two reports highlight the results of the California Connected by 25 Initiative and offer promising strategies and lessons learned. To read the press release, click here.
- The Premise and Promise of the California Connected by 25 Initiative
Written for policymakers, philanthropy, and community stakeholders, this executive summary provides a brief overview of the initiative, highlighting “five big results” across the county sites and sharing insights that can help inform private and public investment in child welfare.
- Promising Strategies from the California Connected by 25 Initiative
For those implementing the extension of foster care to age 21, this report presents useful learnings and strategies from CC25I. It also includes links to technical assistance materials and resources.
HIGHLIGHTED RESULTS FROM CC25I
Data collected from the initiative over a three year period, 2008-2011, found that:
- Foster youth that completed some or all of their A-G requirements, the college prep courses needed for admission to a UC or CSU, increased from 31% to 45%.
- Foster youth passing the high school exit exam (CAHSEE) increased from 44% to 54%.
- Emancipating foster youth that reported having a safe housing plan increased from 53% to 72%.
For more information, visit California Connected by 25’s website: www.f2f.ca.gov/California25.htm