Young Adult Independent Living Programs
By Craig Rogers
The transition from living at home to the outside world can be a difficult one. Many young adults are not ready to break away from the nest and need a push. Independent living programs can be a useful tool in readying young men and women to survive on their own. These programs provide tools such as structured living arrangements, job opportunity support and 24/7 crisis care. Obstacles in life can easily scare us into relying on what's comfortable. The harsh economy, educational systems and personal setbacks are all major causes for failure to launch. As opposed to the 70's and 80's, the 21st century has proven to be vastly more difficult. Compared to jobs in recent times, education plays a much higher role. Without continued education or vocational training it is very difficult to land a job that will allow you to support yourself. The rising cost of living in general makes it nearly impossible to get by without preparation.
The Impact of Being Prepared
While living inside an independent living program many necessary life skills are learned. How to prepare your own food, keeping a clean living space, money management, mental/physical health & wellness and personal hygiene are just a few of the skills taught while enrolled. Onsite role models work with tenants providing a helping hand to keep them on track. Having a stable and structured environment helps maintain positive outlooks on life.
Most facilities are apartment-based and developed for men and women between the ages of 16 and 21. In many programs financial help is available. Timely living disbursements are provided along with public transportation to provide a sense of self sufficiency and liability. Financial responsibility is placed on the peer slowly to promote good stability and lifestyle ownership. Individual travel opportunities, higher education and vocational training are all available to help the young adults grow. Mentors and role models help prepare the teens to enter the workforce and help them pursue a career that is right for them.
By the time the men and woman in these programs turn 21 they will have the necessary life skills needed to survive on their own. Young adults leave with a sense of empowerment and self-dependency.