The purpose of the Employment for Independent Living Program is to offer youth aging out of foster care an opportunity to develop job-seeking skills, acquire employment, develop an employment history, learn regular work habits, develop basic skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and to retain employment.
HRDF understands that it is difficult for today’s youth to find and retain employment. Individuals referred to the program typically have limited job-seeking skills and little, if any, exposure to today’s workplace. The Employment for Independent Living Program consists of three main phases: Orientation/Assessment; Job Search; and, Job Development/Placement/Retention. These phases are inter-related and designed so that a participant can easily flow from one activity to the next as they gain skills and supports.
All youth served must meet the following criteria:
· Between the ages of 16 and 21
· Currently in foster care or a children’s group home
· Or, if over 18 years of age, turned 18 while in state’s custody.