Brief Report on Education: Based on the Link Program Evaluation Study

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University of Victoria, Victoria, BC: 2 pages.

Hubberstey, Carol Rutman, Deborah Hume, Sharon
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For the past 25 years, Aunt Leah’s Place has been providing programs for youth in foster care, teen moms, and those transitioning out of foster care. 

The Link Program - designed for former foster youth aged 19 and older - provides: housing-related support, life skills workshops, help with resumes, job searches and applications, drop-in, emergency food and clothing, outreach and one-to-one support tailored to issues identified by each youth. 

In 2012-2014, researchers from the University of Victoria School of Social Work conducted and evaluation of the Link. A total of 53 people were interviewed twice at 6-9 month intervals. 

  • 21 Link program participants
  • 22 youth from care who had not accessed the Link program (comparison group)
  • 6 program staff; and
  • 4 support people (of the youths)

This brief report offers a summary of findings related to education based on interviews with a total of 43 youth from foster care at Time 1 and 31 at Time 2.

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