On Thursday, June 10, KidsVoice teamed with the Department of Human Services’ Educational Liaisons to host our annual spring resource fair for transition age youth, 14-21. These resource fairs connect older youth with organizations that can help them as they prepare to age out of the foster care system.
To accommodate as many youth as possible while maintaining safety precautions due to the pandemic, this spring’s event was fully virtual. More than 70 people were in attendance, including dozens of older youth, as well as organization representatives.
All transition age youth were eligible for gift card drawings and one youth took home the grand prize, which included new headphones, blue screen glasses, gift cards, and snacks. This event was made possible by Lipman Youth Fund and Highmark.
Here are the organizations and resources discussed:
- Pandemic relief for Allegheny County older youth is available for those who have been a part of the foster care system after their 14th birthday and are currently 18-26. Learn more: youthpgh.org.
- My Best Self empowers foster youth by helping them look and feel great through self-care, self-esteem, and social-based programming. Watch an introductory video here.
- Pressley Ridge LifeSet is a program that empowers young people ages 17-22 to transition from foster care to successful adulthood in Allegheny County. Learn more by watching this video.
- Youth Support Partners are young adults who have lived through the care system and can stand by their assigned youth as they navigate life and the system. Learn more here.
- The Opportunity Passport is a financial literacy program that helps transition age youth gain financial freedom through financial wellness education and fund-matching. Watch a video here to learn more.
- We Rock is an initiative that teams transition age youth with professionals in the music industry to create and inspire. Learn more about this opportunity in our resources section.
- S.I.T.Y., aka Systems Improvement Through Youth, is an advisory board for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) comprised of youth transitioning from child-serving systems. Learn more about how to join here.
- The Justice Related Service Forensics Program helps transition age youth who are involved with an independent living program and the criminal justice system. Find out more here.
- Undercover Confidence offers professional fittings for undergarments, as well as free garments, including bras, briefs, and bindings, so transition age youth can feel comfortable and confident. Learn more in this introductory video about the program.
- Allegheny Link Homeless Services are for Allegheny County youth 18-24 who are facing housing instability and homelessness. You can watch this video to learn about services, which include homeless prevention services, emergency shelters, and more.
- 412 Youth Zone in downtown Pittsburgh is an important resource for youths 16-23 who are currently transitioning out of the foster care system or are experiencing housing instability after their transition out of the care system. It offers a wide range of services and acts as a safe space to hang out. See the facilities and learn more about services here.
- Employment Institute at Auberle and the Career Pipeline prepares youth for careers in an array of fields. Learn more about job training and programs here on our resources page.
- Action Housing Resumption Program improves lives of youth 18 and older through by providing affordable and supportive housing, as well as supportive services programs. Learn more in the resources section.
- Educational Liaisons are an important support and can help youth 14+ with many aspects of school—and more. Learn more here.
- Transition Planners assist youth who are close to transitioning out of the child care system by ensuring they have supports and a plan in place. Learn more about this important resource here.
- The KidsVoice Expansion Team specializes in working with older youth through the age of 24 so they can gain a secure footing in independent living. Need help traversing social security? Have overdue fines that are piling up? For this and more, the Expansion Team has your back. Learn more in this video.
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