The Fostering Transitions Program works with one of our most vulnerable populations, youth who are in or have recently aged out of Foster Care. These young individuals, who are between the ages of 14-21, have faced many challenges in their lives which often lead to less successful futures. This age is a critical time in every young person's life, and particularly for those who have experienced barriers.
Our goal is to assist these young individuals in transitioning successfully through high school and on to post-secondary education and adulthood. We work one-on-one to build both relationships and partnerships with those who are willing to fully participate in the program. Our Career Specialists will help to identify any barriers that are preventing the strong attendance or completion of educational goals, and then work to remove these to help each Foster Care youth excel. Also, we are committed to providing comprehensive mentoring support, individual coaching, and financial and academic support in those areas that are not being met or when circumstances arise.
- Life Skills Assessments to assist each youth in developing a goal-oriented strategy
- Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling
- Adult Mentoring
- Life and Social Skills training
- Financial Literacy Education
- Budget and Credit Repair Counseling Education and Career Counseling and Assessment
- Academic Supportive Assistance towards completion of Educational requirements which may include:
- Testing fees
- Tutoring services
- Tuition, textbooks, and supplies
- Financial Assistance for incidentals to assist in achieving stability which may include:
- Rent or housing assistance
- Utilities expenses
- Food expenses
- Shared Counsel and Communication with Community Resources regarding student's success
- Follow-up for a minimum of 12 months
Students Who Qualify
Each candidate must be able to provide their Social Security Card, documentation of state custody, and income documentation (if applicable).
Each youth is assessed on an individual basis and may qualify if they are:
- Currently a Foster Care youth, or have had a Foster Care case, in one of the counties listed below.
- A Foster Care youth from another county, but have been placed in one of the counties below:
- Between the ages of 14-21 years old enrolled or committed to enrolling in an educational or vocational program.
- Committed to finding employment if applicable.