When they turn 18, Unity Care’s residents age-out of the foster care system. That’s where our Independent Living Program (ILP) steps in. Through group workshops, individual coaching and goal-setting, ILP prepares current and former foster youth for that transition to self-sufficiency. The youth set their own goals, and Unity Care’s ILP supplies the resources and support necessary for them to reach those goals. Unity Care’s ILP staff work with at-risk youth throughout the community to ensure they learn the necessary skills to live independently.
Starting at age 16, foster youth can begin attending ILP workshops to develop skills in areas such as:
ILP also offers assistance with employment and job searching skills. Youth can participate in resume workshops and mock interviews, as well as career readiness workshops. When they have completed all required workshops and have demonstrated competency in those areas, ILP participants can attend the annual graduation. Unity Care is confident that its ILP graduates have learned living skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.
Independent Living Program Brochure (323.8 KiB)
For more information about Unity Care’s Independent Living Program (ILP), contact our ILP Program Manager at (530) 886-5473.