The Permanency and Transition Highway (PATH) is an integrated approach to older youth success: The landscape of permanency and transition programs in the United States is a potpourri of methods, levels and types of services and outcomes. Types of permanency and independent living services are rarely integrated. Education, employment, housing, finances and health are often delivered in isolated, conflicting ways. All of these service areas are essential and, when delivered in integrated ways, youth outcomes soar.
PATH builds on existing excellence in each specific geographical locale. It then supports, augments, supplements and integrates proven programs from elsewhere all within the same agency provider or hub.
How does PATH work? A great deal of social, child welfare and economic research indicates that large-scale social change requires broad cross-systems coordination.
The PATH model identifies communities where keyelements are present and available and where there is significant public and private will to create positive change. PATH brings together non-profits, government and business leaders, service providers and most importantly young people to create a holistic, comprehensive model of services.
Once it is determined that a suitable administrative host agency is prepared to assume PATH responsibilities, integrated permanency and transition services are launched. This highly collaborative model provides the foundation and infrastructure to work toward a long-term partnership with local youth leaders and stakeholders steering their local PATH and building the local organization’s capacity with community leadership that enable young people to grow and thrive.