3000 young adults enter transitional living programs annually, and another 800 are on waiting lists. Almost two-thirds of youth assisted are homeless or couch surfing.
Of the approximately 3000 youth entering transitional living:
Sally Kate Winters Family Services Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides housing, skills training, and support services to youth ages 16-22 on a first come, first serve basis for up to 18 months. The purpose of the program is to help participants who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or need transitional living services in order to become independent and achieve self-sufficiency. The program is completely voluntary and there is no cost.
Participants in the program are expected to follow program rules and guidelines and make consistent effort toward their goals as set forth in their individualized action plans focusing on employment/vocation, independent living skills, education, and mental and physical help. Services will be provided by Sally Kate Winters Family Services staff as well as community-based agencies and organizations.
The Transitional Living Program integrates Positive Youth Development (PYD) into all activities allowing youth to be involved with program decisions. Youth will be prepared to engage constructively in their communities and develop self-assurance by addressing both their basic needs and the four core elements of PYD: a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of belonging, and a sense of power.
The Transitional Living Program philosophy is that young people achieve their full potential when given the chance to exercise leadership, build skills, and become involved in their communities thus preventing risky behavior and ensuring success.
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