Independent‐Living Skills Education


Getting a job. Renting an apartment. Buying a car. Most young people get advice and support (financial as well as emotional) from a parent or other adult when it comes to these life milestones.

However, teenagers and young adults who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their families haven’t had an opportunity to learn the skills they’ll need to successfully manage the activities of adult life.

Pathways workshop

Research shows youth who grow up in the care of the state face many challenges and are rarely ready or equipped to live successfully on their own. In particular, these youth lag behind their peers academically, often due to multiple changes.

Those who participate in an independent-living skills education program have a chance to learn about interviewing, careers, housing options, health care and financial literacy. Having these skills, and the confidence they bring, give those aging out of the child welfare system a strong foundation for building a brighter future and becoming contributing members of their community.

Jayson has never had anyone he could count on. With an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother, he was in foster care by the time he was 6 months old. Read Jayson's story...