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.
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).
- Personal Finance
- Meal Planning
- Community Resources
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
- Youth as a resource
- Planning and decision-making
- Personal power
- Positive view of personal future
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