We tackle the odds
Foster Skills strives to enrich the lives of foster youth by:
1. Providing practical, transferable soft and hard life skills programs.
Every month, through group peer-to-peer relationships, college students teach foster, teach foster youth a skill, ranging from resiliency to life management to financial organization to nutrition. In addition, we are developing a workforce development program to quantify technical domain skill sets of program participants to increase access to the workforce.
2. Bridging connections with like organizations, and connecting youth to resources.
There are lots of resources for foster youth, but in our experience they are fragmented and sometimes difficult to find. We've developed working relationships with related nonprofits to show the power of collaboration, and we connect foster youth to these community partners and resource organizations. We are working hard to create a collective impact within the foster care space.
3. Creating widespread awareness about the issues facing foster youth.
Issues facing foster children need to be brought to the national platform, so best practices can be formed, and champions can be recruited to the cause. Foster Skills helps youth share their stories across the country.
4. Innovating the foster care system.
We are working with foster care advocacy organizations to inform foster care (education, juvenile housing, economic) policy and helping child welfare organizations to improve their direct approach when directly working with foster kids. We have partnered with The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to bring to life the PAYA curriculum.