FOCUS is a community-based program that connects transition aged youth to resources and community members who help you succeed and be independent!
Young people who have left the foster care system without family and other supports need to know how they will survive and flourish. Each young person is supported by volunteers who will help in connecting them to resources and can also offer coaching as they navigate young adulthood. This program can be long-term, up to three or more years.
You can count on FOCUS when you need help!
Accelerate your plans
If you are 18-26 years old and have been in the foster care system, FOCUS is here to support you in the ways that best meet YOUR needs.
"I've learned that what I have to say about my own life matters to others. I know how to ask for help and support, and I have the ability to give others the support they need to succeed."
- Devonne McLaughlin
Each year, 24,000 young adults age out of the child welfare system without permanent families or strong community connections.
The consequences can be dire.
0%are homeless within a year
0%graduate from college
Young people deserve better.
Our FOCUS mentorship program is an innovative solution to the lack of connection felt by young people aging out of foster care.
“Youth can do a lot of really powerful and important things. We just need people to believe in us.”
- FOCUS Participant
Do you have special expertise to share?
We rely on individuals and organizations who are interested in providing valuable resources and expertise to our FOCUS youth. Young adults will benefit greatly from your knowledge in areas such as:
- financial fitness
- job search readiness
- navigating housing
- health care
- and more!
Short-term and long-term opportunities are available. Get in touch with us to learn more about how you can provide expertise, resources or basic needs to participants in the FOCUS program
FOCUS volunteers must be 25 years of age or older, and pass a background check.