Renewed Research Partnership With UCI School Of Social Ecology

We are excited to share that we have renewed our support of research at University of California, Irvine (UCI), School of Social Ecology!

Since December 2014, research from UCI has supported the work of Project Hope Alliance and our ability to launch one-of-a-kind data collection systems that track the academics and quality of life markers for the hundreds of Orange County homeless students and families who we serve. We utilize innovative Rapid Re-Housing and education programs in our mission of ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

We need to know how our efforts impact the children and parents who we serve. The ongoing partnership with my alma mater is critical to our identification of evidence that supports our mission to end homelessness for the more than 26,000 children in Orange County. It also serves as a direct reflection of UCI’s unwavering commitment to the community.
— Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance

Serving as a bridge to the community, UCI encourages students to transform society by cultivating relationships with stakeholders and policymakers, and by developing innovative solutions to challenges such as homelessness and hunger.

April Thomas, M.S., Graduate Student Researcher in the UCI Center for Psychology and Law, is supported in her research through our ongoing partnership. Thomas' research has allowed Project Hope Alliance to develop and refine our assessment tools, gather assessments from the children and families who we serve, and track and analyze our data to help produce regular impact reports.

The enduring partnership between Project Hope Alliance and UCI represents Team Kid's commitment to employing data and research to guide our groundbreaking, efficient, and effective Family Stability and educational programming.

Thomas also serves as a member of UCI Development, Disorder, and Delinquency Laboratory under the mentorship of Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, Education, and Law at UCI School of Social Ecology. 

Dr. Cauffman's work, at the broadest level, addresses the intersect between contemporary adolescent development and juvenile justice, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, and parent-adolescent relationships—all key areas that Project Hope Alliance must consider when measuring our impact on our children and families. A principal investigator of The Crossroads Study, a multi-site research project that investigated the long-term impacts of formal versus informal processing of first-time juvenile offenders, Dr. Cauffman's findings were instrumental in abolishing the juvenile death penalty.