AYPF, in collaboration with “The Future of Children”, hosted a day-long event disseminating the research and findings of the Transition to Adulthood Network, captured in The Future of Children’s volume, Transition to Adulthood. This event provided attendees an opportunity to hear from leading researchers and practitioners in the field around the unique challenges that young people face as they transition into adulthood. Each roundtable session included a brief overview of the research findings, presentations from leading practitioners, and a panel discussion on the implications for federal policy. In addition, every session allowed for ample time for the participants to dialogue with the presenters.
Roundtable 1: The Changing Nature of Young Adulthood
- Presenters: Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania; Gordon Berlin, MDRC; and Simran Sidhu, Executive Director, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School
- Moderator: Betsy Brand, Executive Director, AYPF
Roundtable 2: Programs and Policies to Assist High School Dropouts in the Transition to Adulthood
- Presenters: Dan Bloom, MDRC; Linda Harris, Center for Law and Social Policy; Jack Wuest, Founder and Director, Alternative Schools Network
- Moderator: Jean Rhodes, Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Roundtable 3: Young Adults and Higher Education: Barriers and Breakthroughs to Success
- Presenters: Thomas Brock, MDRC; George Gabriel, Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA); Vivian Vazquez, Youth Development Institute
- Moderator: Mary Waters, Professor, Harvard University
Roundtable 4: Vulnerable Populations and the Transition to Adulthood
- Presenters: Mark Courtney, University of Chicago; Molly Baldwin, Roca, Inc. ; Cara Patrick, White House Council on Community Solutions
- Moderator: Jennifer Brown Lerner, Senior Director, AYPF
This event was sponsored by The Future of Children, a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.
Support for this event also provided by the Youth Transition Funders Group, a network of grantmakers whose mission is to help all youth make a successful transition to adulthood by age 25.
Click here to view the Agenda for this event»
Click here to view all Presenter and Moderator Biographies»
Click here to view the Bibliography of Resources»