Positive Growth, Inc. Self-Reliance Guidance Program (SRGP) is a Transitional Living Program designed to promote self-sufficiency and independence for young adults who have transition through the foster care system or have been terminated by the foster care system and/or are considered certified homeless.
The Self-Reliance Guidance Program is designed to provide young adults with the skills, knowledge and support they need to become self-sufficient. This is an opportunity to give young adults the tools necessary to succeed in important areas of their lives through community connections, life skills, education, employment and housing. Our Self-Reliance Guidance Program provides supportive and supervised housing for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who cannot live safely with a parent or relative and who have no other stable living arrangement. The program serves clients from metro Atlanta communities who will or have aged out of the child welfare system or are certified homeless. The program, which began in June 2011, provides services and teaches life skills to young adults to assist them in integrating into the community. The program also assists them in developing coping strategies and a career plan. The program is located in a medium size home in Clarkston,Georgia that can house six young adults, who are supervised by a staff. The program has a second location that provide apartment-like housing, As youth become more self-sufficient, the program will help them find their own living arrangements and will provide supportive case management services for them to ensure successful integration in to their communities.
Youth are referred to the program by the Georgia Department of Children and Family Services (DFACS), and/or other community resource centers. Length of stay is typically 6 months to one year. The Self-Reliance Guidance program, such as this one, is not a licensed facility.
SRGP provides wrap-around services to assist participants in achieving self-reliance. Below are some of the services offered:
- Safe, stable living accommodations
- Basic life-skill building, including consumer peoples abilities to establishpositive relationships with peers and adults, make decisions and manage stress
- Educational opportunities, such as GED preparation, post-secondary training and vocational education
- Assistance in job preparation and attainment, such as career counseling and job placement
- Education, information and counseling to prevent, treat and reduce substance abuse
- Mental health care, including individual and group counseling
- Physical health care, including routine physicals, health assessments and emergency treatment
SRGP also incorporate the Positive Youth Development, or PYD, approach into their programs. PYD suggests that the best way to prevent risky behavior is to help young adults achieve their full potential. Youth development strategies focus on giving young people the chance to exercise leadership, build skills and become involved in their communities
Our Program success is defined as young adults:
- Maintaining stable and suitable housing
- Remaining free from legal involvement
- Abstinence from alcohol and drugs
- Participating in an educational/vocational program
- Developing the life skills necessary to become a successful, productive citizen.
While there are some programs that serve young adults who have aged out of foster care, the intensity and comprehensiveness of Positive Growth’s Self-Reliance Guidance Program services sets this program apart from other similar services:
- SRGP specialists are available to the young adults 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- They make a minimum of one face-to-face contact per week with the individuals at the youths home, job, or wherever is most convenient for the young person.
- The number of sessions can be increased based upon the individual needs of each young adult.
For the young person in Positive Growths Self-Reliance Guidance program, his family (or other support system) is a vital part of the road to success. Services are aimed not only at the individual but at all the areas (systems) that may affect the young adult (e.g. community, peer group, family and school/work).
SRGP specialists help young people find and hold jobs, find affordable and safe housing, continue their education by applying for scholarships and pursuing state funding when available, and gain access to health care. Our specialists collaborate with other programs/agencies to provide an intense network of services to construct a support network for based on individual’s circumstances and needs.
Specialists, with caseloads of 6-10 young adults, are supervised by a clinical supervisor who is responsible for a team of 4-5 specialists. A highly structured specialist training-and-development process includes an initial three- or five-day training, quarterly booster trainings, weekly clinical consultation, weekly team supervision, weekly individual supervision and development, and field supervision.
Eligibility, Enrollment and Cost
Participation in the program is voluntary and the services are provided at no cost the first 30 days. Young Adults must be between the ages of 18 to 24. The Program Director, Case Manager or Therapist will hold an assessment interview with the young adult interested in participating in the program. Staff provides the young adult with information about the program and the requirements needed to participate.
The Self-Reliance Program Guidance Program does not provide free housing. Participants are expected to develop financial independence, paying an increasing proportion of their rent until they are fully self sufficient. The program also helps furnish participants apartments and may initially help with food and other household needs after completing the program.
- Participants will be selected through an intake process.
- All tenants also will have to pass screening by the Program Director.
- Initial intake and screening will occur through interview and assessment.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Cannot actively be using or abusing drugs and / or alcohol.
- Must attend school or be employed full/part-time.
- Participants cannot have any adult violent criminal history within two prior years.
Length of Stay
- Service will be provided for a maximum of 12 months.
Clients must be 18-24 years of age and certified homeless.
- Clients must demonstrate motivation to progress through the NJTH program.
- Clients must be willing to achieve educational & employment