To accomplish this goal, IFS provides assessment; Life Skills instruction; case management; transportation, and cultural and recreational activities. IFS Life Skills training is provided to a cadre of fifty youth at any one time between the ages of 15 and 21, but the total youth served over the course of the year is much higher. Most of the youth served by IFS complete the Life Skills training in eight months, as opposed to the statewide average length of training, which is a year. The topics covered include Career Planning, Communication, Daily Living Skills, Home Life, Housing and Money Management, Self Care, Work Life, Work and Study Skills and Social Relationships.
Throughout the course of the year, the Life Skills training participants attend class and go on numerous off-site trips, including visits to restaurants, entertainment venues and an overnight trip to visit colleges, where they have opportunities to utilize the skills they have learned.
“Looking back at my past, I realize that I had faced a journey and it lead me here today where I grew into an independent young woman. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity and support I needed to reach all of my goals.” — Celeste Moore