A Transitional Youth Program
Life Launch is Finally Family Homes’ weekly transitional youth program to help connect and educate aging out foster youth and welcomes other youth in need. Free food, prizes, and hot topics from professional speakers make Life Launch a fun way to build connections while learning essential life skills.
This program is a part of our overall mission to support former foster youth as they transition into successful young adults. This program designed to help equip with skills, build up connections, and encourage youth as they grow into their full potential.
Life Launch “blasted off” October 24th, 2019 and was hosted at Valencia Hills Community Church in Valencia, California. Every week started with a healthy, tasty dinner followed by life skills training from a professional.
We have since opened up another location in partnership with LA Mission College’s Guardian Scholars Program. And now we are at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita serving youth through the PAWS program.
What happens at Life Launch
While Life Launch centers on helping youth build strategic skills, education, and resilience, we also recognize the importance of getting connected to a safe community. So each week, some time is allotted to discuss the topic in groups as well as to socialize informally in order to foster social connections.
And to top it all off, we’ll have regular give-aways, relevant to the topic of the week, so the youth can practice what they’ve learned and because getting free stuff is fun!
We use Maslow’s Hierarchy as a rough guide to ensure that we holistically cover all the topics that can help a youth rise up to their full potential. Here’s a sampling of the topics and speakers we had previously life skills workshops.
Get Killer Study Skills
Nicole Liem Yang of Show Me the Notes
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“The Importance of Note Taking to Being Successful”
Find Peace in the Chaos
Host of the Mindful Soul Show Brooke-Sidney J Harbour
Help a Friend with Anxiety
Dan Broyles, MFT
Protect Your Reputation
Dr. Frankie Augustin
Community Coming Together
Life Launch helps fulfill Finally Family Homes’ goal to help equip youth with the confidence, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in life. We are so grateful to our volunteers, donors, and to Valencia Hills Community Church for partnering with us in this effort.
Right now we are online as the pandemic has made it impossible to meet in person. Additionally, Finally Family Homes has continued to support these youth by providing groceries, notes of encouragement, and face masks. We also sent out holiday gifts and hosted online parties over the break.
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