Supportive Relationships – One of the key goals of Kids@Home is to support each young person in the development of sustainable, positive, and long-term relationships. We do this through mentoring and the support of foster families. Additionally, each young person has a Life Coach to act as teacher, planner, advisor, and advocate as they help guide them on successful paths to adulthood. Family ties are also initiated or strengthened where appropriate.
Lifeskill Development – Another one of our goals is to assist each young person in gaining proficiency in core independent living skills. For example, to learn how to plan for meals, a young person will actually plan a weekly menu, budget for food, and prepare the meals. Youth are also assisted in learning, navigating and relying on community resources. This gives each young person the opportunity to use their own support networks and problem solving abilities.
Education & Employment – In preparing young people to become self-sufficient, Kids@Home supports them in developing a career path and in gaining the education and training necessary to find employment and to increase their opportunities for advancement. Youth can take advantage of GED programs, technical schools, community colleges, universities, and web-based learning. Vocational training is offered through both profit and non-profit community partners.
Quality Housing – An essential program component of Kids@Home is to assist each young person in acquiring affordable, quality housing. This is the greatest need for teens leaving care, yet remains the most unavailable service. By living in their own apartment, young people learn to live outside of a program and to use their coping and social skills to interact with their neighbors and their communities. This ensures that they grow stronger and more self-confident every day.
Youth Leadership – Finally, in order to consistently improve the services Kids@Home provides, as well as allowing youth to take more ownership in the program and in their lives, we involve young people in organizational development, program design, and program evaluation and assessment. This is accomplished through leadership participation of our youth on our Youth Advisory Council and Board of Directors.
FACT: Young people who receive independent living services up to age 21 are more likely to obtain living-wage employment, to increase their education, and to stay out of jail and off of the welfare rolls.