This program is in partnership with DHS Child Welfare and provides long term mentorship to youth ages 7-21 in order to help minimize the traumatic effects of the Foster Care system.
- Pro social skills
- Support during meetings (school, DHS, court etc)
- System navigation
- Job readiness skills training
- Social and emotional support
- Access to all recurring groups and quarterly events if appropriate and safe
- Fun Community Activities
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
Youth Employment Program
The Youth Employment Program (YEP!) provides youth in the YES! Program the opportunity to safely practice skills needed to be successful employees. Youth are paid a livable wage and are provided weekly supervision by our PWI staff. The goal of the program to help youth enter the workforce in a safe environment where both success and struggle will be supported.
"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