Life Skills Training
studentsStudents attend weekly life skills classes, with separate classes for freshmen/sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Smaller classes available for students with special needs. North County classes are held at the ILSP Office, located at 675 Hegenberger Road in Oakland. South County classes are held at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., in Hayward. Click here to see the learning modules.
Educational support and assistance is vital to the success of ILSP. Students participate in workshops as well as receive individual counseling focused on educational options and planning. For a description of all ILSP educational services, click here.
Job readiness and career exploration are covered in the weekly life skills classes. An annual career fair provides an opportunity for students to practice their interview skills while learning about various careers. Employment services are administered by ILSP trainers as well as Project H.O.P.E., a program of the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board and Department of Children and Family Services. In addition, ILSP partners with Pivotal Point Youth Services for in-depth employment services.
ILSP supports and assigns a staff member to coordinate the local chapter of the California Youth Connection (CYC), an advocacy organization run by and for current and former foster youth. CYC convenes statewide conferences on legislative and local foster care issues. ILSP provides a stipend to youth who participate in CYC meetings and conferences. For more information about CYC, check out the statewide website at or contact Therese Marin-Clenney at 510-667-7648.
ILSP continues to develop housing options for emancipating foster youth through the Transitional Housing Program (THP+), in partnership with supportive housing programs First Place for Youth, Project Independence, Beyond Emancipation, Bay Area Youth Centers (BAYC), Pivotal Point, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Learn more about ILSP housing services by clicking here. For more information about Housing Services, contact Beyond Emancipation Housing Director Pam Mack at 510-667-7692.
Health Care
On-site mental health services are available through Fred Finch Transitions program by referral from ILSP staff. ILSP participants with physical health needs who do not have a doctor are advised to visit the Native American Health Center at 3124 International Boulevard, Oakland.
After Care
ILSP participants continue to receive supportive services after emancipation. For more information, contact Beyond Emancipation at 510-667-7635.
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