ODBF’s 12-week Afterschool Coaching Program is a proven methodology for positive, transformational life change for foster teens. We offer hope, ongoing advocacy and a path towards a successful life to foster youth—including the large population who live in group homes (small orphanages). Our coaching program—piloted by DHS—helps these youth develop a comprehensive life plan to achieve their high school diploma or GED, further their postsecondary education and gain relevant employment. Upon graduation youth earn a laptop to help them further their education, bridging the digital divide at-risk youth currently experience, and are connected with advocates who help them effectively overcome barriers.
Program goals: to build upon academic learning of high school students in foster care; to assist them in creating self-driven education and life plans; to empower them to further their postsecondary education through internships, apprenticeships and community involvement; and to provide them tools (laptops) to aid their future success.
Measurable objectives include:
- Meaningful change evaluated through a hope and attitude assessment;
- Improved leadership skills exhibited through peer-to-peer mentoring;
- Continued education based on participant’s life plan/goals;
- Individual, attainable life plan creation;
- Sustainable, healthy relationships continued after graduation.