INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

“Giving Youth A Place To Call Home”

Q.T. Barlow Trailblazer Program

Reaching Clarity partner with young adults in State custody who are 18-24 years old and willing to develop life and vocational skills, create an educational plan or alternative, and work part-time. Our Independent Living Program provides participants with safe and stable housing. The Q.T.B. Trailblazer program, promotes youth self-sufficiency by providing them with opportunities to enhance essential life skills, build leadership skills, and become more involved in their communities.

Aging Out of Foster Care

Youth who age out of foster care at 18 are not fully prepared or equipped with the necessary life skills and support network they will need to successfully transition into adulthood and succeed on their own. These young adults entered foster care for various reasons such as abuse and neglect. For most of these young people, they have no permanent home or family on which to rely; and as they begin to leave the foster care system at age 18, they face a high risk of homelessness, sexual exploitation, incarceration and hopelessness. Among this population the high school dropout rate is high. Although these young adults have reached age 18, they are still in great need of a reliable support system, a skill-building environment to teach, encourage, and equip them for the real world and to become productive and model members of society.

Housing & Life Skills

Our Independent Living Program provides the opportunity, structure, and space for youth to find their own identity and hope for a future. Reaching Clarity tailors an individualize support service plan to meet each individual youth needs. We closely monitor participants to ensure successful program completion as the youth prepare to advance forward in life. Program participants move into our furnished homes where they will develop and learn how to maintain daily living skills such as food management, health and wellness, housekeeping, culinary, money management, and much more.

Admissions Criteria

Youth must be at least 18-24 years old to apply. The program requires ILP participants to maintain stable employment, and youth must be enrolled in high school, college or trade school. Through this enrichment program we seek to buildup and fortify young adult’s self-esteem through encouragement and support. We envision each youth that enters into our program leave Reaching Clarity with a sense of independence, pride and acceptance, enabling them to thrive as independent and productive young adults.

6 Facts about Youth Homelessness in Atlanta

There are more than 3,300 Homeless Youth in Atlanta.

Youth Homelessness

The federal government defines homeless youth as a minor younger than 18 or a young adult between 18 and 24 years old who is living individually without shelter.

Abuse and Neglect

Studies have shown that youth often have traumatic childhood experiences prior to becoming homeless. Youth who have been involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems are significantly more likely to become homeless than those who have not.

Aging Out of Care

50% of youth aging out of the foster care system will be homeless within 6 months because, without a stable home life, they never learned the skills needed to live independently.

Sexually Exploited

Within 72 hours of being on the streets, a homeless youth is approached for sex. 49% of homeless youth have been sexually exploited.

LGBT Youth

40% of homeless youth are LGBT. This disparity is made even more alarming by the fact that LGBT youth are more likely to be victimized than non-LGBT youth on the streets.

Unemployment Rate

There is a 19% unemployment rate for youth and young adults between the ages 16-20 - this rate is higher for at-risk older adolescents. This leaves many young adults without options to escape homelessness.

EDUCATE. EMBRACE. EMPOWER.

Reaching Clarity strives to educate, embrace, and empower youth to follow their dreams. We provide an ongoing emotional support system to young adults enabling them to make the transition from foster care to independence. Our Independent Living Program services are for young adults who are responsible, goal-oriented, self-motivated and determined to create their own path to success. The goal of the program is to develop a sense of pride in youth as they grow into adulthood by teaching them the skills they need to live successful and productive lives. We embrace youth by providing 24-hour support to all youth residents. The ILP program support and guide youth in obtaining educational, vocational and employment opportunities; assist youth in obtaining medical services and securing mental health services as needed.

Accepting Applications

ILP Services

 
  • Youth must be at least 18 -24 years of age;
  • Willing to develop an educational plan including a plan for higher education;
  • Willing to work part-time as academic workload permits;
  • Willing to develop and improve life skills; and
  • Willing to participate in life skills & vocational skills training.
  • Participants will enhance and develop the necessary life skills to gain their independence and become self-sufficient adults. Life Skills including, but limited to:
  • food management
  • health
  • housekeeping
  • culinary
  • meal prep
  • money management
  • community resources
  • legal skills
  • scheduling appointments
  • transportation services
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    We provide residents with roommate style housing. Our ILP homes are safe, conveniently accessible by public transportation (MARTA), and fully furnished with all essentials resident’s will need for daily living. Reaching Clarity staff is accessible 24-hours a day, and we provide 24-hour support to all youth residents.

     

     

    Reaching Clarity, Coordinator of Educational Services, work closely with all youth to ensure that the resident’s educational needs and goals are met. The residents are encouraged to complete high school and they attend the local high school in the community. Another option for the residents is to complete their GED. The resident’s may be enrolled in college or a technical/trade program.

     

     

    Our Independent Living Program provides work and job readiness support as well as skills and vocational training. Reaching Clarity works with the residents to develop these skills to help them obtain employment. The ILP residents will have the opportunity to participate in job readiness training’s and workshops facilitated by Reaching Clarity and J&R Ross Quality Staffing Solutions. These workshops focus on resume building, effective job searching, and preparing for an interview. Reaching Clarity collaborate with growing businesses in the community, such as J&R Ross Quality Staffing Solutions to help enhance our youth’s vocational skills and work experience.

     

    Aging Out, Now What?

    Globetrotters

    In addition to the various services provided, Reaching Clarity offers youth a culminating excursion at the end of each school year. Youth will KNOW the importance of travel in a cultural, educational, and social context. Youth will UNDERSTAND the importance of competing globally to enhance social growth and development. Youth will COMPLETE college and career readiness activities to support the travel experiences offered through the Q.T.B. Trailblazer program within Reaching Clarity. 

     

    The mission of this initiative is to offer youth educational and cultural experiences beyond the state of Georgia. Youth will learn about urban ecosystems, regional dialects, customs, and other aspects of regional differences within the United States. This component will also serve as an incentive for exemplary academic performance and behavior during the school year. The excursions will take place during the summer months. The main focus is to ensure youth are college and career ready by visiting colleges and universities and participating in social growth and development activities that foster post-secondary success.

    For More Information

    5536 Old National Highway

    Suite 200 A, Atlanta, GA 30349

     

    Phone:

    (678) 834-9107

     

    Admissions

    admissions@reachingclarity.com

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