Better Futures (Pathways RTC)

    Sarah Geenen -- Co-Principal Investigator

    Laurie Powers -- Co-Principal Investigator

    Lee Ann Phillips -- Project Manager

    Pauline Jivanjee -- Project Advisor

    Nick Winges-Yanez: --Graduate Research Assistant


    As part of the Pathways Research and Training Center, this project is learning about effective ways to help young people prepare, plan and enroll in college or vocational training. Young people in foster care who live in Multnomah County and who are Juniors in high school and receive special education services because of an emotional/behavioral disability participate in the project. Youth who choose to enroll in the project are randomly assigned to either the intervention group or to a control group that receives typical services. Our intervention draws upon supported education in mental health and strategies for promoting self-determination. Youth participating in the intervention receive individualized coaching, peer support, and connection to foster care alumni and community resources. We are investigating the impact of participating in Better Futures on youth's empowerment, confidence, planning for postsecondary education, social support, mental health recovery, and academic performance.  See project page for more details.