Big iDeas 2012 Proposals

Title

Open Minds

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Young adults leaving the foster child care system often experience hardships that many of their peers do not have to address. Some of these former foster children become victims of homelessness, higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and disproportionate rates of incarceration. Nationally, only about 50 percent of these young people earn a high school diploma and less than two percent of this cohort pursues higher education in either the two-year or four-year sectors.

Due to a myriad of systematic problems and social conditions, the minds of these young adults become limited to the vast opportunities that could be available to them. They often receive narrow exposure to the skills they will need to explore opportunities and pursue a better quality of life. Thus, their aspirations are not being fully developed through a lack of proper guidance and or mentorship.

Document Type

Article

Keywords

students, research, Dallas, Texas

Part of

Open Minds

Extent

6 pages

Format

.pdf

Rights

The files in this collection are protected by copyright law. No commercial reproduction or distribution of these files is permitted without the written permission of Southern Methodist University, Office of the Provost. These files may be freely used for educational purposes, provided they are not altered in any way, and Southern Methodist University is cited. For more information, contact ncds@smu.edu.

Language

English

File Conversion Information

Converted to .pdf.

Original File Information

Original resource submitted as: .docx, 5 pages

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