Individuals receive a 1-bed, 1-bath apartment with kitchen, living room, and equipped with basic furnishings. The HOME program provides support through a formal face-to-face checking in once a week, daily sign in/outs, and access to a variety of services including life skills training including meal planning, cooking, accessing transportation, budgeting, accessing services, and more.
The Youth Resource Center provides a low-barrier space to meet the basic needs of young adults ages 17-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness, many of whom have aged out of foster care. The service continuum includes drop-in services with showers, laundry, computer lab, and hygiene products, as well as independent living services, mentoring, and rapid rehousing.
LOR’s Youth Empowerment Program aims at providing young people with the support, resources and training they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives after aging out of foster care. The program focuses on job training, college prep, financial literacy, communication and wellness.
Special Treasures is a non-profit thrift store that supports foster teens and aged-out young adults. They learn work skills such as furniture repair, furniture painting, warehouse management, stocking, salesmanship and more. Youth are mentored by volunteers and workforce development staff. They also get help with resumes, work ethics, financial management, and internships and job placement.
Footsteps provides Transitional Living services to youth in the foster care system ages 16 through 21. Youth are offered housing services in a group home setting or an independent apartment setting, based on their life skills and need. All youth are offered assistance with education, employment, mental and physical health, and life skills acquisition.
Youth learn college access information and life skills at this free, four-day summit every June at a Montana post-secondary institution. Youth stay in the dorms, attend classes and experience college life firsthand. In addition, they learn how to build relationships, obtain employment, and manage money. Participants also take home a free laptop to prepare them for transition to independent living.
Pockets Change is changing the way finance is taught through hip hop pedagogy. Teaming up with communities across the country, our in-person workshops and online lessons go beyond the budget sheet to develop financial habits that align with students’ goals and values. Understanding our finances impacts more than our wallets, it’s critical to self-advocacy and promoting social justice.
Today, CYDC provides programs reaching over 1,200 children, youth and their families locally each year. We care for young people who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment, as well as providing resources and support to area families at risk of having their children removed from their home.