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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Report on Systems Change Through Collaboration

Publication date: 
Monday, February 13, 2017

Foster youth interact with numerous systems and agencies-- many of which have distinct ways of operating, depending on the organization. To ease the navigation of these practices and policies, collaboration between these public and private entities is critical. When systems are not aligned, opportunities for learning and improvement are missed and often times, transition age foster youth are overlooked in the process. In the spring of 2015, our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning partner, Westat, began to examine changes in collaboration and cross system alignment of the Foster Youth Strategic Initiative’s grantee partners. This analysis highlights the Foundation's initiative and its partners’ efforts toward building new and strengthening existing relationships in Los Angeles County and New York City.

About the Foster Youth Strategic Initiative

Foster youth between the ages of 15 and 21 are particularly vulnerable, as they transition into adulthood and age out of the foster care system. Typically, they have few supportive adults in their lives and limited access to college and career options. Despite these barriers, they are resilient and can make the transition if given the opportunity. We work with partners to help transition age foster youth find their path to success.

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