Ask Forward Steps
Our unique approach may leave you wondering some things. Maybe you have a question like one of these—
- Q: Is your program like being in foster care?
Our staff and Board have a history of working in or with the foster care system so we understand where you’re coming from. Some are even foster care alumni themselves. Although we understand your past more than most, our work is focused on your future, and the futures of each young adult we support.
- Q: Is your program like Job Corp?
No. Forward Steps is not a job training program, however we will provide support in identifying, preparing and maintaining a job. It is all a part of how we prepare you for life outside of foster care.
- Q: Do you accept applications from anywhere?
We take applicants from all over Colorado, but they must reside in metro Denver when they participate in the program.
- Q: How do I apply for your program?
The process is simple! Complete this short form or call us at (303) 404-9966 to get things started.
- Q: What if I want to go to school, but am not sure college is right for me?
A big part of our program is post-secondary education. For some that means making a commitment of up to 4.5 years while they pursue a degree or complete an educational program. For some of our students less certain about their path, we help them explore their options: college, tech school, community college, etc.
- Q: How much does your program cost?
Not one penny. We do not charge for participation in our program. Over the time you are with us, you’ll become responsible for an increasing portion of the bills, so once you are on your own paying them will be routine.
- Q: What does the Forward Steps program provide to emancipated foster youth?
We provide a stable source of support and coaching to help you in your transition from foster care to independence. Key program elements include:
- Housing in a one-bedroom apartment
- Assistance obtaining/maintaining employment
- Living stipend and assistance in applying for financial aid for college
- Life skills training like money management, household management, community navigation
- Personal wellness
- Cultural experiences
- Q: I need to be able to work while I go to school, any suggestions for balancing both?
This is a challenge of every college student out there! To balance both, you’ll need good time management skills. But the good news is those skills, once honed, will help you the rest of your life! The important thing is to get started. Get a calendar, it can be on your phone, in paper form, it can be a whiteboard on your fridge, just experiment until you know what works for you. If you’re familiar with Google, they have a calendar that you can access online or on your smartphone. One last tip, don’t forget to take time for yourself when you are able – you can’t do well in class or work if you are burned or stressed out.
Still have questions? Fire away! Answering questions is a big part of how we support young adults in our program.