The Independent Living Program is designed to help young people ages 14-23 in Klamath County who are in or are transitioning from foster care become self-sufficient. We hope to help these youth improve their chances at becoming successful adult citizens. Youth are given encouragement and the support that they need to complete their high school diploma or general education diploma, find employment, and secure housing, as well as gaining other important life skills and access to resources. 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.
The Independent Living Program Coordinator provides one-on-one mentoring and peer 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
Employment & Career Preparation
Family Supports and Healthy Relationships
Health Education and Risk Prevention
Housing and Home Management
Transportation and Other Living Skills
The I.L.P. Coordinator and volunteer speakers present information in these focus areas to youth in the form of curriculum, classes and workshops. Participation in monthly one-on-ones and peer group meetings on these topics is mandatory to remain in the program. Case management is youth driven and provides ongoing transition planning for the youth’s success.