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:

Life Skills:

  • Held 25 workshops in the areas of relationships and daily living. 1,578 hours of instruction were provided to 211 youth. Workshop topics included money management, health and nutrition, healthy relationships, and effective communication.
  • Had 20 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 42 young women and 16 young men respectively. Independent City, now in its 15th year, provided 57 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.
  • Helped 67 youth develop job-readiness skills through the assistance of Orangewood staff or volunteer mentors.
  • Partnered with organizations including Goodwill of Orange County, Haven Staffing, Legal Aid Society, Orange County Conservation Corps, and Santa Ana WORK Center to help our youth find jobs.
  • Held 14 employment-related workshops on topics such as writing a resume, writing a cover letter and job etiquette; providing 909 hours of instruction to 141 youth.