Most young people turn to their parents for help even after they turn 18. But the majority of foster youth leave foster care at age 18 with no place to call home.
This innovative program provides youth a stable environment where they can learn the skills they’ll need to live on their own in the community.
Our residential program is designed to help youth leaving foster care with the skills most young adults learn from the parents:
Why It Matters
Without housing or connection to family and community, youth are less likely to finish high school and go to college, find employment and access healthcare, which in turn jeopardizes their ability to take control of their futures and become contributing members of the community. They’re also more likely to have children before they are ready, putting them at risk of perpetuating the cycle of foster care.
In contrast, youth in The Academy @ Dwight Mission Transitions Program learn how to live on their own in the community, build relationships with mentors, and earn a college degree or learn a vocation.
The program uses the Casey Life Skills Tool (developed by Casey Family Programs, a foundation that works to improve services for current and former youth in foster care in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico). This tool helps assess independent living skills including:
Maintaining healthy relationships
Work and study habits
Planning and goal-setting
Using community resources
Daily living activities
Budgeting and paying bills
Permanent connections to caring adults.
Mentors provide additional support and guidance, helping youth develop their skills and, in many cases, support their children. The program also links young people with ACT/SAT prep classes and real-world work experience.
What are the admissions requirements?
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
Recommendation from a Foster Care Program, Church, or Non-Profit Organization
What does the program cost?
The program is free to participants and requires daily work assignments.
What is included?
Transition Program, Room & Board are all included.
Where will I stay?
Each participant will stay in a semi-private room in one of our dorms.
Each dorm floor has two bathrooms with showers.
Dorm refrigerators and microwaves are permitted.
What facilities does Dwight Mission offer program participants?
How is the Program Funded?
The other programs of the Academy provide pay-forward funding
Partner Organizations provide full & partial sponsorships
Businesses provide in-kind contributions, mentors and full & partial sponsorships
Churches & Individuals provide in-kind contributions, mentors and full & partial sponsorships
Foundation & Grant Support provide capacity building grants and full & partial sponsorships