The Youth Transition Funders Group is a network of grantmakers whose mission is to help all youth make a successful transition to adulthood by age 25.
Most young people make a safe passage from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their families, caring adults, communities, and schools. However, youth with few supports – such as teens aging out of the foster care system, youth who don't finish high school, or youth in the juvenile justice system – need help to find the right path to success.
YTFG is dedicated to improving the lives of the 3 million young people, between the ages of 14 and 24, in need of extra support.
We believe that all youth can have a safe passage to adulthood if we collaborate to change the way that adults, youth, and systems work together.
Through collaboration and strategic alliances, we are working to ensure that every young person, no matter how bumpy his or her path, can get back on course. We want to make sure that every young adult has the education, skills, and supports to be truly Connected by 25.
- To learn more about the challenges that our youth face:
Read Connected by 25 by Tia Martinez and Michael Wald
- To get up-to-date information on vulnerable youth issues, link to the following resources for funders, advocates for youth, and local policymakers provided by YTFG and our partners.
- To learn more about the YTFG work groups for foster care, juvenile justice, and multiple pathways to graduation , click on the Getting Involved link above.
Although their paths may vary greatly, all young people need to arrive at the same place: ready to work or take advantage of college-level education with the skills they need to participate fully in the workplace, become parents or assume family responsibilities, and participate in the civic life of their communities. Further, they need opportunities and support systems in place. Unfortunately, our society has no coherent social or public policy approach to support young people as they negotiate these transitions - and many vulnerable youth are not given the chance to do so successfully. Our vision is of a society dedicated to providing young people with the skills, supports, and opportunities to transition into meaningful and productive adult lives.
The Youth Transition Funders Group was formed in 2001 by funders dedicated to improving the lives of our nation's most vulnerable young people. Foundations involved in the YTFG are committed to achieving a common mission – ensuring that this nation's young people are successfully connected by age 25 to institutions and support systems that will enable them to succeed throughout adulthood. The YTFG has adopted the theme, “Connected by 25,” to describe this mission. A young person who is Connected by 25 has attained five critical outcomes:
- Educational achievement in preparation for career and community participation, including a high school diploma, postsecondary degree and/or vocational certificate training
- Gainful employment and/or access to career training to achieve life-long economic success
- Connections to a positive support system - namely, guidance from family members and caring adults, as well as access to health, counseling and mental health services
- The ability to be a responsible and nurturing parent
- The capacity to participate in the civic life of one's community
To achieve this mission, YTFG members are committed to working together, thereby enhancing the likelihood that investments from individual foundations will make a real difference in promoting young people's attainment of these outcomes.