Fostering Youth Independence (FYI)

At Fostering Youth Independence (FYI), we believe that education is the key to overcoming a shaky foundation and unlocking doors to a successful future. Our mission is to equip foster youth to complete post-secondary education and become successful, independent adults.

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The Home for Little Wanderers – Transitional Programs

The transition to adulthood can be difficult to navigate, especially for youth in their late teens or early 20s who have spent most of their lives in state care. The Home recognizes the unique issues that our youth “aging out” of the system face – including homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, early pregnancy and substance abuse—and offers resources and support designed to…

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Spero Family Services – Transitional Living

Transitional Living program guides youth 17 1/2 to 21 toward independence. Youth attend school or seek employment as they work toward independence and self-sufficiency. Our Life Skills Coaches teach and mentor youth in maintaining a budget, preparing meals and other general skills they need to live on their own. Life skills coaches are available to youth 24 hours a day….

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Stanford Sierra Youth & Families – Wonder Mentoring

Wonder is a mentoring program matching children living in foster care, one-to-one, with caring, consistent adults. The mentors are trained to listen, support, and guide each child through fun, age-appropriate experiences in music, the arts, sports, volunteer service, dining out, and nature. The children enrolled in the program are called “Explorers” and the adults who volunteer and serve as mentors…

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Resilience Rising – Alumnae Mentoring

In 2020, Resilience Rising launched its alumnae mentoring program for youth exiting the residential program. Research shows that having one trusted adult improves the outcomes for youth in and aging out of the foster care system. Resilience Rising’s mentoring program aims to maintain established rapport between youth and trusted adults, enhance youth capacity for independent living skills, and ultimately reduce statistical outcomes…

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Raising Hope – Life Skills

RaisingHOPE empowers teens and young adults experiencing foster care through mentoring, life skills, financial support and advocacy. The organization also gives funding to provide for the needs of dependent youth or recently emancipated youth to pay for things not covered by any other means. The organization also has a high quality mentorship program for teens and young adults. They offer…

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Promises2Kids – Guardian Scholars

Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars encourages foster youth to pursue higher education through community college, trade school or a university degree. This highly successful resource provides former foster youth with a partial financial scholarship along with mentoring support to assist them in adapting to and excelling in a higher education setting. More than 300 youth have been provided scholarships. Over 90% of guardian…

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