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Independent Living Skills
Child Saving Institute offers Independent Living Skills (ILS) programming to young adults ages of 14-25. This free community program is available to young adults who are at risk of aging-out of the foster care system and those who have previously aged out.
Youth who age out of foster care are at high risk of homelessness. This program prepares young adults for adult living and provides life-skills attainment through the creation of an individualized service plan. Program participants identify their service plan goals and CSI’s Independent Living Specialists assist them in achieving their goals. Goals may include securing an apartment, completing and/or continuing education, finding and maintaining employment, managing finances, signing up for health insurance, and obtaining a reliable means of transportation, among others.
The program also offers group classes on topics like creating a budget, learning to cook, and interviewing for jobs.
ILS staff also helps participants create meaningful and lasting connections with adults in the community who they can rely upon as mentors and advisers.
For youth in foster care who want to pursue a college education, staff assist them in completing their college applications and financial aid documents. Staff also takes youth to tour colleges.
The agency partners with Project Everlast (http://www.projecteverlast.org/omaha/) to serve youth in foster care across the metropolitan area, using community resources to improve youths’ opportunities and networks for:
- Health care
- Daily living
- Personal and community engagement
- Policy training and education