Self-Sufficiency

PDX-CONNECT

Helping youth in foster care to transition into healthy adult lives

PDX-Connect addresses the many needs of youth transitioning from foster care—from basic life-skill development and mental-health support to education, job training and placement, and more. Bringing services directly to youth where they live, our Life Coaches provide the consistent presence their clients need to realize their individual goals, navigate government systems, and successfully transition out of foster care into adult life.

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PDX-Connect Independent Living Program (ILP)

The largest ILP provider in Oregon, PDX-Connect ILP delivers life-skills coaching to youth transitioning from foster care and support for realizing self-sufficiency (including mental health and bilingual services). For more information, contact Emilie Lamson-Siu at elamson-siu@newavenues.org.

My Life ILP

A nationally recognized, culturally responsive ILP intervention designed specifically to serve the highest-risk foster youth. For more information, contact Emilie Lamson-Siu at elamson-siu@newavenues.org.

Project Niyyah

A pilot program supporting youth transitioning from foster care who have been identified as commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). For more information, contact Emilie Lamson-Siu at elamson-siu@newavenues.org.

Host of the Tri-County Chapter of OFYC

Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC) is an active group whose members—foster youth themselves—are working to enact change around issues that impact their lives. For more information, contact Emilie Lamson-Siu at elamson-siu@newavenues.org.

SEXUAL & GENDER MINORITY YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER (SMYRC)

Serving the social, safety, and resource needs of LGBTQ youth

SMYRC provides safe, harassment-free programming for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23.

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