Fostering independence

Foster Youth Services

We believe that every youth deserves a stable life, a good education and a family of supporters who rally around them to reach their goals.

That’s why our free programs wrap around foster youth to give them a solid foundation before they “age out” of the foster-care system and set out on their own.

Foster care ends at eighteen—growing up doesn’t.
We make sure they have the basics covered so they are fully ready to build the life they deserve.

Independent Living: skills for success

Independent Living Program provides services for youth 15-21 years of age. Our case managers teach young people skills so when they leave foster care, they are better equipped with knowledge on how to live on their own. Skills include budgeting, how to find housing, landlord tenant rights and responsibilities, cooking, cleaning, shopping etc.. We also provide funding to help support the goals young people have to be successful adults.

Independent Youth Housing: dress rehearsal

Independent Youth Housing Program houses young people 18-23 years of age. We have 12 apartments around the Spokane area to house young people who age out of foster care in Washington state. Services include rent subsidy, case management, and independent living classes. Young people have the ability to take over their lease as well as they will gain rental history.

Mockingbird Society: advocacy in action

Volunteers of America is a host agency for the Mockingbird Society, which works with youth and foster families, empowering youth to make positive changes in public policy that strengthen and improve the foster care system. Youth meet together monthly to share ideas and brainstorm about ways they can make a difference. They do quarterly service projects and meet with legislators in Seattle and Olympia. Mockingbird also offers classes that help kids learn where to find services, how to use a “guardian ad litem” attorney, how to advocate for themselves with a landlord and other skills that help them speak up for themselves and other foster youth.

SETuP Program: ready for college

SETuP or, Supplemental Education Transition Program, serves foster youth ages 14-21. The case manager helps get youth from high school into college and follows them through their college career to help with scholarships, study habits, tutoring, etc..

For more information please contact Sara Mack, program manager
Phone: 509.688.1139
smack@voaspokane.org
Foster Youth Programs | Address: 525 W 2nd Ave, Second Floor, Spokane, WA 99201 | Hours: mon-fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone: (509) 688.1139
fosteryouth@voaspokane.org