Independent City Event to Teach Foster Youth How to Survive on Their Own

Unity Care’s Free Event to Offer Resources, Workshops, Advice, Support

San Jose, Calif. – Unity Care, a youth and family development agency providing services and support for San Francisco Bay Area underserved and foster youth, will host Independent City, a workshop to prepare teens to exit from the foster care system. The free, day-long event will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City, Calif.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided and attendees will be registered for drawings to win a bicycle, iPad, television and other great prizes.

At the event, youth will learn how to conquer the challenges of living on their own. Community partners will host 24 different “life skill” booths, which will teach them how to become self-sufficient through hands-on practice.

Throughout the day, each youth will be instructed to complete a list of everyday tasks and resolve issues they encounter. For example, they will meet with a banking representative to learn what is required in opening checking and savings accounts, visit the grocery store to learn how to purchase goods on a budget and interact with agencies like the DMV regarding registering their vehicle.

Partnering agencies hosting information booths include: Asian American Recovery Services, Edgewood Children and Family Services, Jeremiah’s Promise, San Mateo Credit Union, San Mateo HSA, San Mateo CASA, SparkPoint, Star Vista, Wells Fargo Bank, University of California Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education and the San Francisco Police Department.

“According to National Foster Care Youth Statistics, 40-50% of foster youth become homeless within 18 months of exiting the foster care system,” says Unity Care Founder and CEO André V. Chapman.  “Unity Care’s ILSP program provides individualized coaching and services to 150-200 foster youth between the ages of 14 and 19, so that they will not become another tragic statistic. We know that it is becoming more and more difficult to live in the Bay Area and hosting Independent City is critical to their success in the real world.”

Independent City is funded by a grant from the Henrietta Aignera and Joy Baldwin Family (HAJB) Foundation in cooperation with the San Mateo Human Services Agency and SparkPoint of Cañada College.

About Unity Care
Unity Care offers a wide range of services benefiting at-risk and foster youth and their families throughout Northern California. Its signature program, established in 1993, focuses on serving the housing needs of youth in foster care and beyond. The organization’s mission has grown and expanded over the past two decades and, today, includes more than a dozen community-based, education and behavioral health programs, aiding approximately 5,500 underserved youth and families annually.

Unity Care’s programs exemplify its “Five Pillars of Success” philosophy: Housing, Education, Employment, Well-Being (physical, social, emotional and spiritual) and Unconditional Care (adult connection).  Each program focuses on being successful and supportive while promoting accountability, honesty and fun. Detailed information about Unity Care programs is available at www.unitycare.org.

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