Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, and community-based providers to young people throughout the U.S and in Denmark. The model focuses on engaging each youth to design and pursue a plan for the transition from school to adult life. RENEW has substantially increased the high school completion, employment, and post-secondary education participation rates among our most vulnerable youth.

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Youth Voices

In this short video, youth explain how the RENEW process worked for them.

Key Features

  • Self-Determination
  • Personal Futures Planning
  • Creative and Individualized School-to-Career Planning
  • Strengths-Based Approach
  • Unconditional Care
  • Building Family and other Natural and Community Supports
  • Wraparound
  • Systemic Support and Consultation


  • Improved educational outcomes (increased graduation rates, post-secondary education participation)
  • Increased employment rates
  • Improved functioning in school and in the community
  • Reductions in behavior problems in school and in the community (including reduced juvenile justice involvement)
  • High youth satisfaction rates
  • Increased youth self-determination and self-efficacy skills
  • Studies from various cohorts (projects) support these outcomes