Youth Empowerment Program – YEP!

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Youth Empowerment Program – YEP!

LOR’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP!) builds a community of resources and support around the youth participants, so they walk confidently into independence, bypassing the pitfalls and negative outcomes that come with isolation.

Goals

The goal of LOR’s Youth Empowerment Program is that all participants will successfully transition into independent living.   With a focus on support, education and housing, YEP provides youth with the skills and resources to lead healthy, safe and productive lives outside of foster care.

Objectives

  1. Participants will develop a financial plan, including knowledge of budgeting, credit scores, etc.
  2. Participants will pursue an educational, job training or career path
  3. Participants will have a network of support
Program Elements

Mentorship Program

“Nearly every foster youth who has been deemed successful can tell a story of having one person who cared, who stuck around, who turned them around,” said Demontray “Dee” Hankins, a featured speaker at the event (Foster Care Education Summit at San Diego State University). “Every one of us who has made it to college, they shine that light on that one person … point to one person for their success.”

YEP! will connect participants with a network of highly trained mentors to match with young people aging out of foster care.  The mentors/mentees will meet at least once per month for speakers, for educational/recreational outings and support.  The mentor will support and assist the mentee with job skills, college/career planning, submitting forms and accessing resources while providing encouragement and friendship.

Community Resource

YEP! will be a “hub” of resources that youth and foster care parents/professional can access for information on financial aid, scholarships, Chafee Funds and other sources of funding, housing/transportation, job training/apprenticeship programs, and much more.

YEP! Staff will be readily available to work one-on-one with youth, do small group workshops or large presentations/classes on an as-needed basis.

Classes and Camp  

YEP! will hold bi-weekly classes and workshops on life skills building, as well as a summer camp program in conjunction with the Trident Technical College Teen U summer program.   The curriculum will include:

  • College site visits with workshops on financial aid and admissions
  • Financial planning, budgeting
  • Housing & transportation
  • Mental/physical healthcare
  • Job skills, ie. Interviewing, resume writing, etc.
  • Chafee Funds
  • Leadership, conflict resolution

In addition to the programs provided by LOR, YEP! will provide each participant with a full scholarship to the Trident Tech Teen U course of their choice.  Courses offered include:  lifesaving skills, culinary arts, website coding, Safe Sitter and many more.

Please consider supporting YEP! and the youth who participate. 

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