Services for Youth Transitioning from or Formerly in Foster Care

Independent Living Program (ILP) and Support for Accessing College


PDX-Connect supports youth in or transitioning from foster care, through an Independent Living Program (ILP) that can help you develop skills and access mental-health support, job training and employment, LGBTQIA2s+ services, and other resources. Our Life Skills Coaches will regularly meet you where you are and work with you to set goals, navigate systems, and plan for the future. You may also be eligible for our New Meadows housing program for youth transitioning from or formerly in foster care.

Want to learn more about PDX-Connect?


Contact us at

Avenues to College

Avenues to College (ATC) helps current and former youth in foster care access and succeed in college. Through one-on-one coaching, we can help you explore your college options, apply for college, and support you once you are enrolled.

We can also provide financial support for housing and other living expenses, help with your budget and scholarship opportunities, and connect you to additional resources.

 To be eligible for ATC, you must:

Be currently or formerly in foster care

Be 16-24 years old

Have a current or family-of-origin address within the City of Portland

Want to learn more about ATC?

Contact our College Recruitment Specialist at 503-206-1666 or to learn more or attend one of our workshops.

Avenues to College Application