The Impact of Teen Advocate Group Youth Council (TAGyc) Programs on Emancipated Youth
Homeless adolescents have been emancipated by child welfare systems without self-sufficiency needs. This study evaluated the effectiveness of Teen Advocate Group Youth Council (TAGyc) in self-efficacy and skills-building development in housing, education, and employment of youth ages 18 through 21 years. The objective was to identify transitional needs, address TAGyc service impact for participating youth and those with mental health diagnoses, and identify effective methodology to assist youth in preparatory skills for adulthood. Multiple regression analysis from secondary data provided accountability for TAGyc through program evaluation. The study determined TAGyc involvement increased self-sufficiency needs of youth. A relationship was identified between TAGyc engagement and emancipated youth being homeless, unemployed, and lacking education (F(6,164) = 5.36, p = .000). Regression analysis revealed a negative correlation with mental health (-.09), age (-.27), and gender (-.01). Youth engaged in services offered by TAGyc were found to be less likely to become homeless (11%), jobless (1%), and lack education (28%). However, youth with a mental health diagnosis struggled in the program. The research revealed that TAGyc increased the likelihood of self-sufficiency and success of emancipated youth. Youth social perspective, hindered by no support, distress, and negative maturity in life, supported the need for resources to encourage growth and success. TAGyc provided youth a supportive resource to learn independent skills; foster relationships with others who have had similar experiences; and facilitate lifelong connections to strengthen self-sufficiency needs of aging out youth in policy, practice, and outcomes.