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Future Foundation is thrilled to announce the release of our groundbreaking research findings and comprehensive implementation manual for the Second Family Model program.
Our organization was honored to receive a prestigious research grant from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2017. This grant program, known as Personal Responsibility in Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS), was specifically designed to support innovative approaches aimed at helping youth make successful transitions to adulthood.
Throughout this program, we opened the doors to all students who met certain criteria. To be considered, students must:
- Be in grades 6-8
- Be aged 10-14
- Attend a Fulton County middle school located at the southern end of the district
- Face two (2) or more risk factors such as being African-American or Latino, low-income, poor academic performance, and/or exposure to childhood trauma or violence.
In total, Future Foundation enrolled a total of 840 youth across three cohorts in order to conduct a rigorous randomized control trial study to measure the effectiveness of the Second Family Model.
Our study focused on several key areas, including:
- School outcomes
- Parent and family involvement
- Social and emotional strength
- Healthy relationships
- Communication and negotiation skills
- Risky behavior and sexual health knowledge
Our research partner, Metis Associates, collected administrative data from Fulton County Schools, combined with crucial information gathered during four Youth Outcome Survey administrations.
The results of our study have been compiled into an implementation manual which provides a detailed overview of the Second Family Model program and its outstanding outcomes.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to our esteemed partners, including the FYSB, Metis Associates, Fulton County Schools, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others, whose invaluable support and collaboration made this paradigm-shifting research possible.
To learn more about the Second Family Model and our research findings, you can download the full implementation manual.