Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA)
Little Flower aims to level the playing field for foster youth and provide skills and opportunities for success as well as impart the skills to handle day-to-day responsibilities of adulthood. The Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) program enables us to nurture and develop valuable life skills and foster self-esteem in our youth through inventive services and programs to empower them socially and economically and to develop the resiliency and self-confidence to succeed once they age out of care.
PYA is offered to foster youth, ages 14-21 and consists of workshops and exercises on topics such as: personal finance, budgeting and banking, insurance and leases, job preparedness, resume writing, job interview prep, taxes and filing tax returns, college applications, financial aid, grocery shopping, nutrition, balancing social activities with obligations and more.
Youth also have the opportunity to participate in site visits (banks,DMV, etc.) in which staff walk them through and teach them how to complete applications for critical documents (passports, etc.) and programs. They can also participate in extracurricular activities, such as:
- Exploring Your Future program: a career readiness training component of PYA that allows our young adults to access internships, career fairs, vocational training and activities to support them in acquiring marketable skills.
- Computer Labs: thanks to support from the Dream R Us Foundation, our youth in Brooklyn and Queens have access to computer labs to help with homework, practice resume writing, conduct online job searches, complete school applications and more.
- Youth Ambassador Initiative: on site paid and non-paid internship opportunities in which the youth apply and interview for available positions; the on site benefit allows staff to observe youth in a work environment, assessing their skills and areas of improvement.