Transitions for Youth (TFY) is a multifaceted statewide initiative that utilizes a positive youth development framework to address the complex needs of youth transitioning to adulthood, particularly those who are aging out of foster care or who were involved with New Jersey's juvenile justice or behavioral health systems. Our Goal
To ensure that youth develop essential skills and competencies in education, employment, daily living, decision making, and interpersonal communication. Our Beliefs
Personalized, high-quality service is a necessity for youth to achieve a rewarding experience while participating in our programs. We are committed to working together with our young people, with mutual respect and partnership, to recognize and meet their needs.
TFY is funded primarily through the Department of Children and Families and is coordinated by the Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
All TFY programs are rooted in best practices and integrate Positive Youth Development, a model for improving outcomes for youth by addressing the following domains:
- Housing stability
- Improved academic functioning
- Job-readiness skills
- Financial Literacy
- Emotional regulation and physical wellness
- Peer, adult and community partnerships