According to the Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support, children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems, including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems.
In our region alone, hundreds of foster youth “age out” of the foster care system annually. Teenagers often leave foster care alone and without a support system. Studies show that emancipated foster youth are at much higher risk of homelessness, unemployment, academic failure, incarceration, teen pregnancies and a host of other problems. In fact, 70% of people in the California correctional system have spent time in foster care.
In a collaborative partnership between the Placer County Office of Education (Foster Services Youth Division), the CA Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and PRIDE Industries, the Foster Youth Employment Program addresses the critical needs of emancipated foster youth. Providing assessments, job-specific preparation, resume development and interviewing techniques, paid work experience and placement along with life-skills coaching, PRIDE and its partners provide a platform of support that enables young adults to transition successfully to adulthood.
With this comprehensive program we can offer the individual a much better chance for success. Equally important is that each successful transition helps to break the generational cycle of broken homes resulting in the need for foster care.
The PRIDE Foundation Foster Youth Employment Program serves youth, ages 16-19, who are emancipating from foster care, have mental or physical disabilities and currently reside in group or foster homes. This program offers specialized employment services for adolescent youth to develop job acquisition and retention skills through comprehensive employment assessments, job exploration tours, resume development, job search and interview skills, and paid work experience. Youths also learn money management skills, and the benefits of peer networking and support.
Your gift to the Foster Youth Employment Program provides youths with paid internships, work-related items such as interview clothes, and extended coaching and mentoring support as they begin to navigate the work world.
Visit PRIDE Foundation to learn more about how your gift can support this vital program and others designed to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.