RENEW™ is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW™ is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, community-based providers, and IOD staff members to youth. The model focuses on supporting 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.


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

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