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Independent Living Program

finances-educationTo assist foster youth and young adults in becoming better prepared for successful transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency through education and employment training. When it’s time they will have to make their own decisions, big and small, about things like where you will live, what you will eat and how you will dress Do I want to go to college or do a trade? But there are also a lot of responsibilities that come with being an adult and sometimes it’s overwhelming. At positive Guidance we are here to help you make the transition a little easier by assisting you with referrals to transitional housing, transportation, food and clothing, and education.


To be eligible program

  • young adults, age 17 to 22, in the custody of the state (Los Angeles County Foster Care & Probation Systems) or at risk youth/low-income
  • Young adults age 16 with exception and Program Manager approval
  • Can be male or female
  • Emancipated youth from the Los Angeles County Foster Care & Probation Systems
  • Youth at imminent risk homelessness
  • All youth must be referred and must complete an interview with an Independent Living Specialist for admission
  • Demonstrated care of property
  • Demonstrated ability to follow societal rules
  • Demonstrated some stability in past placements
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to find and maintain employment


Program Goals

  • Participant will have saved $2,500 for living expenses by move in date.
  • Stability
  • Economic Well-Being
  • Social and Emotional Well-Being
  • Education and Work Force Readiness
  • Participant will have graduated from high school, received GED, or actively participate in an educational program.
  • Participant will be employed for at least 90 of the last 120 days.
  • Participant has identified and displayed ongoing contact with a positive mentor.
  • Client has identified safe, reasonable living arrangements and completed a plan to live independently



  • Residence rent and deposit
  • Residence utilities and local phone
  • Initial and weekly subsidy (for groceries, public transportation, personal needs)
  • Life-skills instruction (cooking, budgeting, home maintenance, etc.)
  • Hands on skill building
  • Peer and staff support
  • Individual, group and/or family counseling
  • Referral for community services
  • Complete Psychosocial assessment by a therapist upon referral and behavioral health services on site
  • Case Management services
  • Licensed therapists who provide behavioral health services on site, including crisis services to youth in placement. (we will help locate our residence to a local therapist)
  • Assistance with appropriate vocational, educational and/or employment opportunities
  • Help in finding affordable housing
  • Mental Health and substance abuse services
  • Transportation to attend appointments, work, and school
  • Assistance with getting Health insurance
  • Driver’s Training (participants that needs a driver licensee)
  • Assistance with getting child care services

Program Steps

  • STEP 1: Self Maintenance
  • STEP 2: Job Search
  • STEP 3: Budgeting
  • STEP 4: Apartment Search
  • STEP 5: Graduation
  • Completion of program all teens will receive a $500 stipend


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