“SMILE” stands for Support System, Mentoring, Independent Living, and Education. The Smile House will be a Transitional Program for teenagers and young adults aging out of foster care. Through the Smile Program, these youth will benefit from opportunities to develop the skills necessary for independent living and from access to support services that can help them navigate the transition to adulthood.
Since 2007, SaintA has provided supportive services to youth exiting out of foster care in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2017, SaintA received a contract from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to significantly expand the program to make services available to every eligible youth, ages 18-21, who has exited, or will be exiting, out of care in Milwaukee County.
Stars Training Academy, a division of Stars Behavioral Health Group, collaborates with community agencies across North America to provide enriched training and customized consultation to achieve high fidelity and sustainable implementation of evidence-supported and evidence-based practices. The Stars Training Academy serves as the purveyor of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model.
Journey House empowers families on Milwaukee’s near Southside to move out of poverty by offering adult education, youth development, workforce readiness, and family engagement. Every individual and family will be given the tools and resources to succeed and contribute personally, professionally, and civically to the neighborhood and our greater Milwaukee community.
This program targets males between the ages of 17 1/2 to 25 years old; with a special emphasis on males who is transitioning out of foster care. Our program helps each young man reach their potential as individuals, family leaders and community members by empowering them to empower themselves-physically, emotionally and spiritually.
he Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth (Midwest Study) is a longitudinal study that has been following a sample of young people from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois as they transition out of foster care into adulthood.