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Voices For Children Slide 2 Challenges Emancipating Youth Face: Housing Employment Education Transportation Finances/Budgeting Health Insurance Slide 3 Housing First things first, help your teen develop a housing plan This means helping them to answer the following questions: where do you plan on living? guardian or foster family? relative or family friend? In a transitional living program (TLP) ? Renting a room in someones home? Renting an apartment on your own? Renting an apartment with friends? On campus housing? Help them to develop more than one option. Ensure they have a Plan A, B, and C Slide 4 Housing Once they have their options, help them to break down the steps to achieve those options. This includes: Who do they need to speak with? (family, friends, social worker, ILS worker, etc.) Where do they go to find affordable housing? What location do I want? Is it near public transportation? School? How to fill out a rental application, what a lease looks like Do they need a referral to TLPs? How? If possible, try to have at least one option be to apply to a TLP! Slide 5 Transitional Living Programs Subsidized housing for former foster youth Teach youth the responsibility of living on their own Typically serve youth ages 18-24 and allow youth to be in the program anywhere from 18-24 months. There are usually rules and requirements the youth must follow It is a program and it is designed that way. Most youth are required to either work or attend school Youth who apply should attend an orientation and learn all that is expected of them. Slide 6 Transitional Living Programs Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) Emancipated foster/probation youth ages 18-24, must have aged out of the system 24 cumulative months of service CWS/Probation case must close prior to moving in Subsidized/affordable housing Individual/Group therapy available Supportive Transitional Emancipation Program (STEP-TILP) Mentoring Case Management Slide 7 Transitional Living Programs Referrals to community resources and pregnancy/parenting resources Permanent Connections support services with family and/or community Food necessities allowance, furniture Emancipation savings account Referral process, made by ILS worker, HHSA social worker, county probation officer Slide 8 Transitional Living Programs Turning Point, YMCA Youth and Family Services http://www.yfs.ymca.org/residential-services/turning-point- tlp.html http://www.yfs.ymca.org/residential-services/turning-point- tlp.html Serves homeless males and females, or former foster youth until the age of 21 for 18 months Program is designed to move youth from homelessness to self-sufficiency Education and employment assistance On-site counseling and case management Semi-supervised shared apartment living, furniture provided, max rent 30% of the youths income SDG&E paid for by YMCA, other utilities the youth are responsible for Orientations on 1 st and 3 rd Tuesday of every month from 3-5 pm. No RSVP required, but youth are encouraged to call for more information. They may be turned away if they arrive late Slide 9 Transitional Living Programs Tommies Place, YMCA Youth and Family Services http://www.yfs.ymca.org/residential-services/tommies-place.html Pregnant or parenting youth, former foster youth included, ages 18-21 years old, children must be between ages 0-5 years old Can remain in program for 18 months Helps youth to achieve self-sufficiency with a focus on positive parenting Semi-supervised shared apartment living, furniture provided, max rent is 30% of youths income SDG&E paid by YMCA, other utilities the youth are responsible for On-site counseling and case management services Education and employment assistance Daily independent living skills education and parenting classes Orientation on 1 st and 3 rd Tuesday every month from 3-5pm Slide 10 Transitional Living Program Marys House, YMCA Youth and Family Services http://www.yfs.ymca.org/residential-services/marys- house-tlp.html http://www.yfs.ymca.org/residential-services/marys- house-tlp.html 24 month program serving young women ages 18- 24 who have emancipated from the foster care system **no pregnant/parenting youth Semi-supervised living in a 6 bedroom house Rent is 30% of your income On-site case management and counseling Education and employment assistance Daily independent living skills education Referral required by social worker or ILS worker Slide 11 Transitional Living Programs Take Wing, San Diego Youth Services http://www.sdyouthservices.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tak ewing http://www.sdyouthservices.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tak ewing Youth ages 16-24 who are either homeless, parenting, or aging out of foster care 18 month program located in the Pt. Loma area Affordable apartment living, furnished Rent is 30% of gross monthly income, telephone bill and SDG&E are youths responsibility Case management and counseling Independent living skills training that focuses on practical and usable skills Somewhat lengthy application process which includes attending an info session, requesting an application, a referral from a county social services agency, and two interviews Orientation/Info Session on the 3 rd Wednesday of each month from 3-4pm Slide 12 Transitional Living Programs Trolley Trestle, South Bay Community Services http://www.southbaycommunityservices.org/youth- services.php http://www.southbaycommunityservices.org/youth- services.php Former foster youth and/or homeless youth ages 16-24 Until age 21, or for 18 months Affordable housing, rent is 25% of gross monthly income 10% of their income must be put in a savings account SDG&E is paid by Trolley Trestle, telephone bill and other utilities are youths responsibility ILS Services Job readiness training One-on-one tutoring Case management and counseling services Orientation is 2 nd Wednesday of every month from 3-5 pm, youth must call in advance Slide 13 Transitional Living Programs Sylvias Place http://www.homeaidsd.org/sylvias-place.aspx Former foster youth ages 18-24 24 month program Shared apartment living, furnished Rent varies among youth Utilities are youths responsibility Required to either work or attend school Independent living skills education Must be referred by social worker or ILS worker Slide 14 Transitional Living Programs New Directions, Casa de Amparo http://www.casadeamparo.org/programs/new- directions.html http://www.casadeamparo.org/programs/new- directions.html Emancipated foster youth ages 18-24 Mission is to equip young people to develop healthy and effective lifestyles and skills Stable housing, furnishings, and basic necessities Education, employment, and career guidance Money management Independent living skills training Relationship mediation Physical and mental health support Slide 15 Job Corps, Imperial Beach FREE residential vocational training program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 Must be legal U.S. resident Living & Clothing Allowances Opportunities to obtain H.S. diploma and GED Medical, dental and vision care Books, work clothing and tools Child Care (for non-resident students only) Tours every non-holiday Wednesday at 12:45 pm, no appointment needed http://sandiego.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx Slide 16 Housing Resources San Diego Housing Commission www.sdhc.net www.sdhc.net The housing commission can help low income individuals and families find subsidized housing. If a youth is pregnant or parenting it is encouraged they get on the Section 8 list. There is a waitlist! Just In Time, www.jitfosteryouth.orgwww.jitfosteryouth.org Non-profit that provides small home furnishing for youths first apartment, lap-top computers, and emergency financial assistance Slide 17 Housing Resources SDG&E CARE Program This program offers a 20% discount to income eligible individuals on their gas and electric bills 800.411.7343 SBC Universal Lifeline Services This program provides low income individuals basic home telephone services at half the cost 800.310.2355 Slide 18 Employment Prior to emancipation there are several things CASAs can do to help their youth gain employment Write a resume and cover letter-there are several helpful websites that can help them design their resume. Take them to the library and work on one! http://www.free-resume-example.com/ Practice filling out basic job applications-this can occur both online or using a master application. Help find personal references- references are important in jobs! Help youth to identify three people that would give them a positive reference, and have them ask those people to write letters of recommendation! Expose youth to job search engines- San Diego Jobs, Craigslist, etc. Show them how to get to these websites and how to use them! Slide 19 Employment Practice interview questions- Complete a mock interview with youth, teach them the importance of punctuality, appropriate dress Create an employment binder- this would consist of practice interview questions, job applications, a list of jobs they have applied to, letters of recommendation, copies of their important documents like ID, birth certificate, etc. (psstget sheet protectors!!) Persistence!!- It is difficult to search for a job. Remind them to not give up and be persistent. Call back after an interview, thank you note, following up regularly Slide 20 Employment Resources One Stop Career Center Youth Services- http://www.sandiegoatwork.com/index.html These centers work with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and provide services to youth ages 14-21. These services include job search assistance, information, referrals, workshops, career exploration Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Job training classes held at local high schools and colleges Open to all residents of San Diego age 16 and older High school students may receive H.S. credit 3D computer animation, accounting, business, web design, culinary arts, automotive t