Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $600,000)
The proposed Transition to Independence Program is a residential-based, youth-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed, at-risk youth support program. TIP will employ positive youth development to establish sustainable living and well-being for 75 male youth/young adults of color, aged 14 to 25, that are at-risk or transitioning out of foster care in Broward County, Florida. To attain this TIP goal, FLITE will achieve the following objectives: (1) identify and enroll at-risk youth in residential settings in youth-centered services; (2) assist enrolled youth with securing safe, stable, and affordable housing; (3) coordinate individualized supportive services with enrolled youth to provide for their basic needs; promote their social and emotional well-being; build their permanent community connections; and improve their educational, employment, and income status; (4) develop enrolled youths’ positive life skills, support networks, and resources for productive community living; (5) successfully transition enrolled youth into adulthood through the promotion of self-sufficient living and the prevention of long-term dependency on social services; and (6) sustain, strengthen, and grow the TIP in accordance with program performance evaluation findings. FLITE proposes TIP to implement, enhance, and support effective strategies for successful transition to sustainable living for Broward County at-risk youth.