Support throughout a young person’s life is critical to a successful transition to adulthood, especially at key milestones — graduating high school, applying for college, trying to land that first job, or living on their own for the first time. And yet, for foster youth, government support and resources drop off at these very moments. Without guidance through these crucial transitions, many current and former foster youth struggle to find their way, and far more end up experiencing homelessness than graduating from college.

Tipping Point's $30 Million Initiative

Tipping Point's $30 Million Initiative

In 2019, Tipping Point launched Better Futures for Foster Youth – a $30 million initiative to improve support and services for transition-aged foster youth in the Bay Area.

There are an estimated 4,000 current or former foster youth who are considered transition-aged (14-24) in the Bay Area. We know who they are, we’ve been entrusted with their care, and the systems that are set up to support them have failed them. We need to do better and we can.

Tipping Point’s Better Futures for Foster Youth initiative provides a path out of poverty and weaves a robust safety net for all transition-aged foster youth in our community. It aims to change policy and systems to help secure stable housing, pursue and persist in higher education, and get better access to the supports and services these youth deserve. It will also establish a first-ever statewide data platform to identify and scale effective interventions.

THE NEED

THE NEED

  • 7% have a college degree
  • 1 in 3 children served in child welfare systems have been homeless by age 26
  • 1 in 2 are unemployed at age 26
  • Nearly 80% of females have had pregnancies by age 26

SOURCE: 2011 Chapin Hall Midwest Study of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth

OUR STRATEGY

Our three-pronged strategy is focused on strengthening the systems of care through targeted policy and legislative action, connecting government agencies and non-profits for better collaboration, and investing in effective interventions for a more holistic approach to supporting transition-aged foster youth in the Bay Area.

Investments To-Date

Investments To-Date

Beneficiary Project Highlights and Needs Met
John Burton Advocates for Youth Pursue an aggressive state policy agenda that includes advocating to improve education, housing, and health outcomes for current and former foster youth – creating entitlements and enforceable rights that are more likely to weather political change.
National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) NCYL will provide education support services to foster youth in Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties by connecting them to dedicated liaisons and coordinating agency support. Over three years, NCYL will expand the number of youth and school districts served in both counties and use the lessons learned from their demonstration sites in California to inform a statewide policy agenda.
On the Move On the Move has launched a peer-led outreach and advocacy model that locates and engages homeless foster youth who are disconnected from care and support services.
Pivotal Pivotal will expand its education and employment services for foster youth in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties from 45% of youth in these counties to ~60%, helping youth enter and complete college and access career-potential employment opportunities.
University of Chicago The University of Chicago’s School of Social Administration will provide data analysis and reporting on foster youth outcomes in the five counties served by the Better Futures for Foster Youth Initiative.

If you’re an organizational funder and interested in partnering, please contact Alex Chan, Strategic Initiatives Director for Tipping Point at achan@tippingpoint.org.