Problem DescriptionFoster children drop out of high school at alarmingly high rates: less than half of youth in the foster care system graduate from high school on time, compared to 80% of their peers. Research tells us that this lack of education leads to further problems: nearly 25% of those leaving foster care will be homeless as adults. 80% will live below the poverty line; and more than 30% will receive public assistance.
- Establishing a sound business plan with the Altruist Partners framework
- Tracking Proven, Goal-Specific KPIs
- Using the power of incentives to drive participation
- Leveraging auxiliary services and partners to provide integrative care
- Implementing University of Minnesota's Check and Connect methodology
- Providing Education Specialists
- Implementing the “ABC Plus” model for graduation success
Treehouse’s (the organization behind this solution) mission is to provide foster kids a childhood and a future. It was founded in 1988 by social workers who saw the deprivation often faced by children in foster care. After successful initiatives around provisions (toys, clothes, school supplies) and extracurricular activities, Treehouse on is 25th anniversary is now focussing on education and specifically graduation rates from high school. This new program, called Graduation Success, sets a goal of having foster kids graduate at the same rate as their peers with a plan for the their future, by 2017.
- Lynda Hall, Treehouse
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Developing and implementing5||Strong leadership, management, implementation skills|
|A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact||An implemented and sustainable innovation|