Our Older Youth Services program provides youth aged 16-23 with opportunities to gain skills required to live healthy, productive, and responsible lives as self-sufficient adults. The Indiana Department of Child Services has contracted with George Junior Republic in Indiana to provide an array of services through the state’s Older Youth Initiatives program. We are contracted to provide these services in 34 counties throughout southeastern Indiana. The primary focus of the Older Youth Services program is helping youth who are expected to turn 18 in foster care to develop successful adulthood skills and a plan for education, housing, and employment.
George Junior Republic in Indiana uses the Broker of Resources Model focusing on connecting youth with services provided in the youth’s community or through a natural, unpaid connection to the youth. This model promotes youth developing into productive individuals within their community by the acquisition and maintenance of gainful employment, the achievement of educational/vocational goals, and the receipt of financial skills training. Youth are given the opportunity to build and strengthen their social capital through interactions with family, peers, caring adults and communities.
The building of social capital gives youth the opportunities to achieve relational permanency which results in heightened positive brain development and a chance at a higher level of success after leaving foster care. Youth are encouraged to participate directly in designing their program activities, accept personal responsibility for achieving interdependence and have opportunities to learn from both positive and negative experiences. Older Youth Services are tailored to the youth’s needs and are based on the Casey Life Skills Assessment.
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