This program provides independent living skills to youth who are aging out of the child welfare system. IFS serves over 90 youth annually and over 85% of youth improve their independent living skills (based on pre-and-post Life Skills performance assessment measures). IFS staff are trained and certified in two nationally recognized models: Healthy Families and National Center for Fatherhood Initiative.
Both models have been incorporated into the IFS Life Skills training program for youth. Specifically, Life Skills training includes a “Rites of Passage” component, which students must complete in order to graduate and move on to independent living.
Throughout the course of the year, the Life Skills training participants attend class and go on numerous field trips visiting restaurants and entertainment venues. We also provide overnight trips to visit colleges, where they are introduced to a higher academic atmosphere and educational experience.
- To develop a sense of responsibility, self-awareness and self-motivation.
- Financial literacy and skills, including budgeting for basic needs such as food, clothing, transportation, housing, and more.
- To find and maintain an apartment or affordable housing.
- To develop healthy relationships.
- To complete High School or attain a GED.
- To access post secondary education and/or financial aid.
- To enroll in a post-secondary educational program.
- Positive parenting skills.