Asset-Based Strategies for Enhancing the Well-Being of Children and Youths
The three studies featured in this symposium involve in-depth interviews of participants from three distinct programs. The first study examines SEED for Oklahoma Kids (SEED OK), a randomized experiment of incentivized savings accounts initiated at birth. The second study explores the experiences of teens and parents of young children with matched savings accounts. The final study examines an asset-building program, Opportunity PassportTM, that targets current and former foster youths. Together the papers advance the field’s understanding of how programs focused on expanding saving behavior and asset development may affect the well-being of children and youths. The symposium presents a unique opportunity for examining the current landscape of asset-based programs for young people and identifying priorities for future research.