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ERIC Number: ED506165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 90
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
On the Road to Adulthood: A Databook about Teenagers and Young Adults in the District
Comey, Jennifer; Smith, Eshauna; Tatian, Peter A.
Urban Institute (NJ1)
Many young people in the District of Columbia are failing to make a successful transition to adulthood. Their challenges include poor preparation for the high-skills labor market and long-standing health problems. Recent District government efforts have centered around school reform and early childhood, but these areas are not sufficient to improve the well-being of older youth. This report provides comprehensive data indicators and analysis on the state of older youth (age 12-24) in the District and examines the role of area nonprofits that work with young people, their families, and neighborhoods. The data presented here include the following: (1) Indicators showing current conditions and trends for District of Columbia older youth in economic well-being, health, education, risky behavior, and positive extracurricular activities; (2) District youth perspectives and experiences gathered from focus groups that help illustrate the data indicators and inform when quantitative data are lacking; and (3) Profiles from local community-based youth development organizations about their activities and scope. The data in this report are loosely organized based on the District's Interagency Collaboration and Services Integration Commission's (ICSIC's) six citywide goals for children and youth. The databook begins with the demographics of teenagers and young adults in the District. Whenever possible, teenagers, age 12 to 17, and young adults, age 18 to 24, are analyzed separately. Next, four sections based on the ICSIC goals are presented: (1) Teenagers and Young Adults Live in Healthy, Stable, and Supportive Families; (2) Teenagers and Young Adults Succeed in School; (3) Teenagers and Young Adults Are Healthy and Practice Healthy Behaviors; and (4) Teenagers and Young Adults Are Engaged in Meaningful Activities. The first ICSIC goal, Children Are Ready for School, pertains to early education and does not apply to teenagers and young adults, so it is not included in this databook. The sixth goal, Youth Make a Successful Transition to Adulthood, is not treated as a separate goal in this databook as we weave information about young adults age 18 to 24 throughout the report. Appended to this report are 14 organization profiles. (Contains 8 maps, 27 figures, and 1 figure.) [This report was prepared for the World Bank Group by the Urban Institute and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: World Bank
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia