Chapin Hall Research Fellow Jennifer Matjasko was one of three coeditors of the April 2016 issue of Journal of Primary Prevention. This special issue examined the topic of youth violence prevention and featured the work of the CDC-funded National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. The three coeditors wrote an introduction to the issue, entitled “Implementing and Evaluating Comprehensive Evidenced-Based Approaches to Prevent Youth Violence: Partnering to Create Communities Where Youth Are Safe From Violence.” »
NEW AT CHAPIN HALL
To support the effectiveness of afterschool programs in fostering skills youth need to succeed in school and life, a growing number of cities have invested in afterschool systems to coordinate disparate programs and funding streams. In Connecting the Dots: Data Use in Afterschool Systems, Chapin Hall captures preliminary findings from a research study about data use in the afterschool systems of nine cities that are participating in the Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. Connecting the Dots highlights common strategies for using data, contextual factors that affect data use, and how those working with data systems use data to improve afterschool program quality, access, and systems. »
The California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH) has published two new reports, CalYOUTH Survey of Young Adults' Child Welfare Workers and Findings from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study: Conditions of Youth at Age 19. The survey of child welfare workers shares the views of county child welfare workers on how youth in extended foster care are faring with the transition to adulthood. It highlights areas of progress and opportunities for continued improvement. The report on the conditions of youth at age 19 highlights differences between young people participating in extended care and those who had left care. »
Chicago, IL. Twenty-two communities from across the United States will work with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago in partnership on Voices of Youth Count, a first-of-its-kind national effort aimed at ending youth homelessness.
Communities will work hand-in-hand with Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count to carry out youth-led counts and surveys of young people and providers. Common data collection methods across sites will allow first-ever site-to-site comparisons and scalable findings, enabling national estimates. A subset of sites will conduct in-depth youth interviews. Communities are actively engaged in planning activities. »