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Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

This report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research builds on the Consortium’s earlier work on the key non-cognitive factors that contribute to school success. The report provides evidence on how, where, and when the “key factors” for success – agency, integrated, and competencies – develop from early childhood through young adulthood, emphasizing the kinds of experiences and supportive relationships that guide the positive development of these factors over time. Key takeaways for the expanded learning field include:

  • Young people need a multitude of rich developmental experiences to meet their full potential
  • Adults who work with young people should think holistically about the kinds of outcomes they want to see in those young people
  • Expanded learning programs should embrace ongoing organizational learning so that they can become the kinds of spaces to best enable growth and development
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