What We Do

Life Skills & Employment

Several Orangewood programs help current and former foster youth learn essential life skills that children and teens from stable families often learn from their parents, either directly or through observation. Our programs also help youth find employment and develop job-readiness skills. During the last year, we:

  • Held 60 workshops in which 287 youth learned about money management, volunteering, healthy relationships, job readiness, and sensitive topics including suicide prevention.
  • Had 18 Orangewood Peer Mentors facilitate small group breakout sessions during the workshops. Peer Mentors serve as powerful role models to our youth.
  • Held special events for our youth that provided prom attire and business suits along with self-esteem workshops to 30 young women and 21 young men respectively. Independent City, now in its 17th year, provided 53 youth with a morning of activities to replicate the activities and decisions they’ll need to make when they transition from foster care to adulthood.
  • Helped 55 youth find jobs, and an additional 22 develop job-readiness skills.