Critical Value #72 How the Safety Net Can Better Serve Young People
Justin Milner, Heather Hahn
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All young people need support and a runway to independence to develop into thriving adults. For those without this support, that’s where public safety net programs come in⁠—but the safety net has substantial gaps and barriers that make access challenging for young people. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban researcher Heather Hahn, young people who’ve interacted with the safety net, and employees at youth-serving organizations to understand how to improve safety net programs for 14-to-24-year-olds in ways that meet their basic needs and build on their strengths.

Related Links:
Young People and the Safety Net
Young People’s Lived Experiences with Safety Net Programs: Insights from Young People and Youth-Serving Organizations
Understanding the Challenges Young People Face in Navigating the Safety Net


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Research Areas Children and youth Social safety net