This program is in partnership with DHS Child Welfare and provides long term mentorship to youth ages 9-21 in order to help minimize the traumatic effects of the Foster Care system.
- 1:1 professional long term mentorship
- System navigation
- Education support
- Placement stability
- Group and Club opportunities
- Community outings and events
- Work readiness skills training
Provides consultation for PWI mentors
The Education Program aims to provide trauma informed and individualized education services and support to any youth enrolled in the YES! Program. This is a relationship-based service where youth voice is recognized and valued as an essential component of the service plan.
- Provides one on one coaching, homework help and tutoring for the GED exam and traditional diploma track
- Providing consultations for PWI mentors
- Implement social and emotional learning programs to improve engagement and participation in academic settings
- Increase students’ self-confidence and empowerment
- Help youth identify and participate in healthy learning environments
- Help youth navigate and understand programs, supports and financial options regarding college (system navigation)
- Support youth and families in navigating special education and disciplinary systems in schools
Work Readiness Program
Work Readiness can help youth with a job search, career exploration, and maintaining/improving their employment. Our goals are to help youth learn about employability, find and keep a job, and start on a career path towards independence!
"In my 20 years with DHS Child Welfare, I have not seen a program that is more effective in helping youth feel empowered and engaged in their own lives."
– Glenda Marshall, FOCUS Program Coordinator, DHS Child Welfare