INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
CASA volunteers of teenagers (14-20) should begin the process of incorporating independent living skills into their relationship and activities with the youth. This is a perfect opportunity to practice life skills and explore the resources within the community.
Youth can also be guided through the online learning sites listed below:
- Youthhood.org: has information for youth regarding health, education, social situations, and self-advocacy. www.youthhood.org
- Resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth:
- Operation Hope: Financial literacy classes free to schools and community groups. The program is led by volunteers who have been trained in financial literacy and training. www.operationhope.org/banking-on-our-future
Foster Care Transition Tool Kit, 2016 study by U.S. Department of Education
Maryland Handbook for Youth: Out of Home Placement – Foster Care, by the Maryland Department of Human Resources. This Handbook explains Out-of-Home Placement Services for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 and what they can expect in foster care. The Maryland Department of Human Resources says it is hopeful that the handbook is helpful in telling foster children about some of the things that they need to know about being in foster care and what they can expect when they leave foster care.
Maryland MultiCultural Youth Center
Seeks to help youth increase their academic achievement and commitment to education; acquire career skills and knowledge for employment and long-term career development; and adopt healthy lifestyles and habits and avoid risky behaviors.
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
6200 Sheridan Street
Riverdale MD 20737
DSS Ready by 21 Unit
Maryland’s “Ready by 21” Program helps foster children 14 and older prepare for independence when they turn 21. Ready by 21 caseworkers provide assistance with accessing education or training programs; finding and keeping a job; developing a supportive network of family and friends; finding housing; training to manage your own finances; and getting access to healthcare.
Prince George’s County Office
805 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD 20785-4723
Maryland Department of Human Resources
311 West Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Housing Initiative Partnership
Creates housing opportunities for the low and moderate-income residents of Prince George’s County as well as job training and life skills.
6201 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
The Training Source offers life skill workshops. The Self Improvement Workshops assist transitional housing residents to move to self-sufficiency.
59 Yost Place
Seat Pleasant, MD 20743
Aging Up… Not Out is a program provided by The Blue Ribbon Project. This program helps provide the tools for foster children who are aging out of the system, teaching them to survive on their own as they become adults.
Melissa Boe – Program Manager
45 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032