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Independent Living Program

Independent Living Program (ILP) is intended to provide youth with the necessary skills and information they will need to transition from living with their parents/guardians to living on their own. In a group setting, youth will be guided through demonstrations that include accessing financial aid, searching and applying for employment, as well as setting goals and building routines in their everyday lives. Youth will practice making a budget, brainstorm a meal plan, and maintain their personal calendars. Participants will also gain knowledge on local resources and be guided through the process of accessing these resources. As a result of the four classes, youth compile a resource manual that they will take with them so they can access the information as they need it through their future journey.

Print Brochure | Why ILP | What to Expect | Learning Topics | Format | Risk and Protective Factors | Developmental Assets

Why ILP?

The Independent Living Program is designed to encourage youth to understand and access the resources and information Clackamas County has to offer. The goal of this program is to equip youth with the basic knowledge they will need to successfully live on their own, plan for their future, and make a positive contribution to the community.

What to Expect

ILP will be held quarterly over four consecutive days. Each session will run for two hours and include 6 to 10 youth (both male and female) who are interested in learning skills and accessing resources around the topic of Independent Living. This group will most often take place at Clackamas County Juvenile Department during non-school weeks (Spring Break, Summer Break, and Winter Break).

Learning Topics

  • Education
  • Personal Finance
  • Housing
  • Meal Planning
  • Community Resources
  • Employment

Format

Day 1
Vision Board: Youth will explore their life goals and identify the paths they would like to take to meet these goals.

Financial Aid/Education: A presenter will give an overview of educational options and ways to access financial aid.

Day 2
Community Resources: A presenter will educate the group on resources that are available to transitioning youth within Clackamas County and provide information on ways to access these resources.

Day 3
Employment: Youth will explore tools for finding and applying for a job as well as practice their interviewing skills and understanding the basics of resume building.

Day 4
Budgeting: Participants will explore tools for building a budget and build a mock budget.

Planning: This will address daily life using organizational tools to keep a schedule, plan for upcoming events, and break down their weekly commitments.

Health and Wellness: The group will practice meal planning and explore the area of stress managements and positive recreational activities.

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk factors increase the likeliness a youth will participate in risky or illegal behavior while specific protective factors work as a powerful force that overcomes these risk factors at a 2 to 1 ratio.  As a result of this knowledge, ILP works to address the following risk and protective factors:

  • Encourages youth to view their future in a positive way (Risk Factor). 
  • Promotes an attachment to youth’s education (Protective Factor). 
  • Identifies positive extracurricular activities (Protective Factor).

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Youth as a resource
  • Planning and decision-making
  • Personal power
  • Positive view of personal future

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