Create a Runway for Youth Aging out of Foster Care

When youth age out of foster care, they hit a cliff and lose their support system. Y Gardens, a new housing development with onsite services and convenient location next to OTC, provides a runway so youth can soar. A gift of $25 or more gets you a "Carry On" T-Shirt to inspire others during these rough times.

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Pledge Incentives


$25.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your gift of $25.00 will enable Life360's resident life director to assist Y Gardens youth with; (1) gasoline to get to work or job interviews, (2) a new pair of clothes or slip resistant shoes for new employment, (3) basic school supplies as residents start school at OTC next door or (4) other simple resources. Additionally, a $25 gift will get you a cool "Carry On" T-shirt.


$50.00 Level

2 Supporters

Your gift of $50.00 will help Life360 residents (1) purchase work boots for a new construction job, (2) fund an evening meal for a life skills class of 5 to 15 individuals, and/or (3) buy a pair of dress clothes for an interview.


$100.00 Level

3 Supporters

$100 will purchase curriculum for 5 individuals taking a life skills class at Y Gardens.


$250.00 Level

2 Supporters

$250 will help a youth that is short on rent sustain housing or purchase a textbook or two for their first semester at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Project Overview

Help us raise $20,000 to support youth aging out of foster care. 

What the Resident's Fund Does:

The Y Gardens Resident Support Fund provides assistance to youth aging-out of foster care (or with a history of being in foster care) living at Y Gardens. The goal of the fund is to help maintain housing and employment stability while residents attend Ozarks Technical Community College or work on other personal goals that will enable them to break the cycle of generational poverty. Your donations will go towards bus passes, gasoline to work, groceries, textbooks not covered by financial aid, curriculum for life skills classes, and emergency rental assistance (with a plan for being able to pay future rent).

The Need for Y Gardens:

This program is needed because 20% of youth that age out of the system become instantly homeless (National Foster Youth Initiative 2017). Many emerging adults call their parents when their car breaks down or they are short on rent money for the month. Former foster youth do not have that support and a temporary problem can easily end up disrupting their future. 

How Y Gardens Works:

Y Gardens provides an intentional transition process for youth to age out successfully. Partner agencies (Great Circle, Footsteps, Foster Adopt Connect, Greene County Children's Division, etc.) sit on an advisory committee managed by Missouri Career Center. That advisory committee refers youth to Y Gardens and provides support to Life360's resident life director as issues arise in the youth's life that would normally result in homelessness. While in care and living at Y Gardens, the youth develops an action plan that will enable them to sustain rent and residency at Y Gardens independent of the foster care system. Upon aging out, youth remain at Y Gardens with support from Life360 staff. The emerging adult lives at Y Gardens as long as rent is paid and there are no lease violations. (Life360 staff provide coaching and grace). Over time, the young adult gains a steady employment history, a possible degree from OTC, and the other developmental milestones gained by their peers not in the foster care system. Y Gardens minimizes the shock to aging out so youth can succeed.

How to Get a Carry On T-Shirt

A minimum donation of $25 gets you a t-shirt to celebrate the continued efforts to Feed, House, Educate, and Empower duing COVID19. Additional shirts can be purchased for $20. Shirts will be mailed at intervals during the campaign to keep costs down.  

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About Life360 Community Services

Life360 Community Services FEEDS, HOUSES, EDUCATES, and EMPOWERS those in need.

Feed

When the physiological need for food goes unmet, impoverished youth struggle to focus on homework, engage in after school activities, or nurture the developmental building blocks that lead to a successful future. To help youth thrive, LCS distributes a five component snack to 12,500+ youth across 20+ rural school districts. In addition to the meal, a daily 15-minute enrichment activity is provided to the classroom to help youth improve literacy skills, cultivate character, and transition to the rest of their day.

The LCS nutrition program did not end when COVID19 caused school closures. Instead LCS continued to fight youth hunger through the distribution of over 1 million nutrition packs to families with youth under the age of 18. 

House

Many young adults and low-income families struggle to access and sustain housing that they can afford. Emerging adults exiting the foster care system lack the support system to go out on their own. According to the National Foster Youth Initiative, 20% of youth that age out of care become instantly homeless. Young adults with a juvenile record also struggle to get by. Roughly 44% of youth on the streets spent time in jail or a juvenile justice center. To help these emerging adults get on their feet, Life360 House provides supportive housing to 14 young adults experiencing homelessness through four housing units. 

LCS is actively expanding its capacity to meet the housing needs of struggling individuals. Y Gardens, opening in August 2020, is a 41 unit apartment complex built in partnership with Creason Development and Missouri's Housing Development Commission. 8 of the units are designated to youth exiting the foster care system while the remaining units are for individuals from 30% to 80% of the area median income. 

Educate

Cradle-to-career educational supports are offered through Life360 Preschool, Camp Fairbanks, Royal Family Kids Camp, Fairbanks Coffee Shop, and Jobs for Life. Through the promotion of kindergarten readiness, closure of the achievement gap, and soft skills development; LCS helps individuals gain the job skills needed to become financially self-sufficient. 

Empower

Never do for someone, what they could do for themselves. Life360 Community Services believes in cultivating the natural skills and talents of individuals seeking to improve their daily life. The theme of empowerment runs through all of our programs and services. 

 

 

Life360 Community Services

http://life360communityservices.org/

Springfield, MO
417-986-4922
kalissa@life360.org