HEARTS WITH A MISSION
INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

for Teens and Young Adults

Providing youth and young adults from Josephine and Jackson Counties who have been in foster care help transitioning into adulthood. The Independent Living Program (ILP) approach is to build relationships with the youth while teaching essential life skills that prepares the youth to live on their own, with their own community supports. Hearts With A Mission currently serves up to 60 youth in Josephine and Jackson County through funding by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Educational/Vocational Services

Employment Coaching 

Tutoring
Driver’s Education
Pre-Vocational And Vocational Training
College Tours, GED Completion
Resume Building
Interview Skills
Job Search
And Placement

Life Skills Training 

Peer Support

Financial Planning
Housing, Health And Mental Health Care
Legal Issues
Shopping | Housekeeping
Personal Appearance
Recreation, Transportation
Cooking, Etc.
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Groups And Youth Networks
Positive Recreational Activities
Retreats And Youth Conferences

programs

SPARK: Ages 14-15

The SPARK program supports young people who have experienced foster care build capacity across five distinct SPARK domains that promote resiliency and encourage positive outcomes.
Story of Self / Personal Narrative
Understand how to tell parts of your story to protect self and others (strategic sharing), to connect with others and influence change.
Purpose
See self as able to serve others, rather than solely as a recipient of services. Learn how lived experience can contribute to and help others.
Attachment & Connectedness
Willing to put your trust in other people, as appropriate. Skills to establish healthy boundaries, permanence and social capital.
Regulation
Understand how past trauma might impact behaviors and responses to situations, and build skills to self regulate in healthy ways.
Knowledge of System
Learn how to navigate systems and understands how various systems may impact you. Strengthen one's knowledge and skills to access resources.

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Ages 16-17

At this age we provide the youth with monthly, goal focused one-on-one  and group connections.  We connect the youth with other peers via a monthly group meeting that offers the opportunity for the youth to organically connect with peer supports, build community connection and connect with mentors. 

ILP Plus Ages 16-21

This is for young people who need more than a monthly connection. These youth have higher needs and/or need extra help.  Our ILP team engages with these youth weekly as well as within a monthly group event.

It is not about diagnosing or counseling - it is about skill building

Foster kids go into careers that they are exposed to, Social Work &  Law enforcement. We like to bring in other professionals to expose them to other career possibilities.