According to The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, nearly ¼ of the youth in foster care in Colorado are the ages 16 – 18. That means that a large majority of our foster care youth will soon be what we call ‘aging out’ or emancipating from the system, many of them without lifelong families. On their own, these young adults must navigate a weakened economy offering fewer jobs and less support for vital services such as housing. They need – and deserve – caring adults who love and support them. Forward Steps provides that support. Participants in our program receive:
- Housing in a one-bedroom apartment
- Assistance obtaining/maintaining employment
- Life skills training like money management, household management, community navigation
- Personal wellness
- Cultural experiences or fun with a purpose
There are many ways to help Forward Steps in our mission to support these young adults so they can reach their full potential as active, independent, self-sufficient members of their communities. Join us!