Preparing Youth For Adulthood
The Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) program works with young adults in foster care who are approaching 21 years of age. PYA combines vocational and job skills trainings for teenagers in business settings. Jobs skills, work habits and social skills are addressed in this program, as well as housing and education.
Young adults in PYA learn how to research and apply for colleges or vocational schools and how to apply for housing. Other areas covered by PYA include: budgeting and money management; accessing community resources; consumer awareness; legal issues; interpersonal relationships; paying and monitoring utilities; housekeeping and home management; food management; and life coaching. Focusing on employment, housing and education, PYA serves as a vehicle for youth to become prepared for adulthood.