We serve Broward County youths between the ages of 18-24 that have aged out of the foster care system, homeless or at-risk of being homeless. Our focus is on providing the life skills training that is necessary for achieving and sustaining independence and confidence when making significant life decisions.
The shocking reality is that approximately 40% of homeless people in America are under age 18. Alone, they endure hunger, poverty, abuse, physical and mental illness. Our approach to helping young adults bridge from poverty and homelessness is to offer a strategic collection of life skills training that is unique and bridges the gaps in education, family and consumer science, and economics. The programs empower young adults to confidently make important life decisions that ultimately translate to a productive and purposeful life. Additionally, we collaborate with community businesses and agencies reconnecting them to the resources they need to sustain their independence.
Our collaborations with community colleges and trade schools help students prepare and navigate the application process and finances. We partner with businesses and community agencies that streamline the process and motivate and support their success. Students tour the college campus, meet faculty, and get familiar with college life and a different cultural population. We mentor and motivate success, overcome challenges, and teach self-reliance. For those who are not able or interested in a degree, we provide opportunities to explore technical colleges for a short but comprehensive training that allows immediate entry into jobs that are in high demand.
Broward Technical College, McFatter Tech college, Atlantic Tech, and Sheridan were participants of our Trade School Fair. The event provided the convenience of gathering information from all the technical institutions in one single location. Youths compared institutions and programs easily, received immediate answers to their questions, and planned activities for success. With this knowledge we see these young people gaining confidence and many are currently enrolled in college.
Several businesses and individuals provide their expertise and knowledge and play an important role in educating and broadening the horizons of our youth. Collaboration and partnership work to improve lives and build strong interpersonal business relationships.
With continued support, we can help to eradicate homelessness amongst our youth and anticipate their contribution as citizens with homes and families of their own.