Research Report SPARKS for Young People's Mobility out of Poverty
Supporting Intentional Family Formation and Positive Youth Development
Heather Hahn, Kathryn Edin, Lauren Abrahams
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To achieve mobility from poverty, young people must have resources to develop their identities and avoid unintended pregnancy. We propose expanding programs that help young people find their “why” —their personal reasons for making thoughtful decisions during adolescence. We call these programs SPARKS, Supported Pathways in Adolescence through Recreation, Knowledge, and Schools. We recommend these programs include access to birth control and family planning information—tools that allow young people to act on their “why”s.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Children and youth Families Social safety net
Tags Poverty Family planning Sexual attitudes and behavior Mobility Inequality and mobility