Transitional Living Program
Annie Malone Children & Family Services Center Transitional Living/Independent Living Program is a 6-24-month housing support program. We allow current and former foster youth, homeless and runaway youth, as well as juvenile court-involved youth, ages 16 to 21, the opportunity to develop a sense of permanency and stability in their lives. Staff works intensely with each participant to set goals for work, school, relationships, and long-term, stable housing.
In the Group Home, youth live in a dorm-like setting with up to eight (8) young women. Each youth has their own bedroom and bathroom. In the Independent Living Apartments, there are four (4) two-bedroom apartments where youth will learn to live cohesively with a peer, and receive assistance with housing, food, essential furnishing, house wares, health and mental health needs, educational services and work-force development. The Transitional Living Specialist, as well as staff counselors, works with the youth to set goals that develop self-esteem and foster independent living skills. With access to stable housing, youth are able to build a natural and community support system, pursue their dreams, and pave their own way for successful, independent living for years to come. The program also provides:
1. Basic life-skills classes, including consumer education and instruction in budgeting, the use of credit, housekeeping, menu planning, food preparation and parenting skills
2. Interpersonal skill building, including enhancing young people’s abilities to establish positive relationships with peers and adults, make decisions and manage stress
3. Educational opportunities, such as GED preparation, postsecondary training and vocational education
4. Assistance in job preparation and attainment, through career counseling and job placement with partnering agencies
5. Education, information and counseling to prevent, treat and reduce substance abuse
6. Mental health care, including individual and group counseling
7. Physical health care, including routine physicals, health assessments and emergency treatment
Transitional Living Programs also incorporate the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach into their programs.
PYD suggests that the best way to prevent risky behavior is to help youth achieve their full potential. Youth development strategies focus on giving young people the chance to exercise leadership, build skills and become involved in their communities.