INDEPENDENT LIVING

The Independent Living Program is designed to help young people in Klamath and Lake Counties become self-sufficient. Most of the youth are transitioning from foster care, but we also work with a small number of homeless youth. We hope to help all these youth improve their chances at becoming successful adult citizens.The Independent Living Program (ILP) is designed to help foster youth in Klamath and Lake Counties become self-sufficient and successfully transition out of foster care. Youth are given encouragement and the support that they need to complete their high school diploma or general education diploma (GED). Youth are encouraged to enroll in college, vocational programs such as Job Corps, or become gainfully employed, and guided in the process to find a safe and stable place to live.

During this past year we have provided life skills training and case-management to 49 youth. The Independent Living Program Case Manager and Life Skills Program Director provide one-on-one mentoring and group classes to help youth grow. The focus areas are:

Personal Growth and Social Development
Family Support and Healthy Relationships
Health Education & Risk Prevention
High School Skills/Support
Post-Secondary Skills/Support
Employment & Career Preparation
Money Management
Family Supports and Healthy Relationships
Health Education and Risk Prevention
Housing and Home Management
Transportation and Other Living Skills

ILP Staff and volunteer speakers present information in these focus areas to youth in the form of curriculum, classes and workshops. Case management that is youth driven provides ongoing transition planning for the youth’s success.