- advance research on poverty;
- produce useful tools that improve educational opportunities; and
- inform the U.S. policy agenda on the relationship between poverty and education.
The project includes analyses of national datasets, a survey of California youth, case studies of youth and their interactions with various educational institutions, and the development of a monitoring tool to track educational opportunities for low-income youth.
Together, these studies will assess differences in postsecondary trajectories of various populations of low-income youth, document the supports and barriers to postsecondary success inside and outside school walls, and monitor the opportunities for postsecondary attainment.
PATHWAYS to Postsecondary Success has launched a site—Profiles of Young Adults—that presents descriptive data about California’s young adult population. To be of maximum use to policymakers, government agencies, schools, businesses, and community members, we have made these data accessible by both county and legislative districts.
The profiles can help answer such questions as:
- How many young adults in your area are living in poverty?
- How many are making a living wage?
- How does the unemployment rate of young people in your county compare to the state or national average?
- Are youth in your congressional district pursuing postsecondary education on par with their counterparts across California?
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