BAYC offers youth exiting the foster care system opportunities similar to those who grow up outside the system--time to practice living on their own with a safety net. By offering a continuum of supportive learning experiences both prior and subsequent to emancipation, BAYC programs reduce homelessness and increase achievement in education, employment and overall independence.
Success for program participants means that they:
- Are caring for themselves and making sure their mental and physical health needs are addressed
- Have a stable place to live and a steady source of income
- Have an extensive network of peers and adults that they can turn to for support
- Are engaged in their communities
- Have the self-sufficiency skills to navigate the worlds of work, education, financial management, and service agencies.
In 2011, BAYC:
- Provided mental health services to 89 current or former foster youth.
- Provided drop-in services to 102 LGBTQ identified youth.
- Provided housing, through our SHP, for 11 young adults and 5 children who would otherwise be at high risk of homelessness.
- Graduated 93% of youth aging out of foster care from our THPP to a stable living situation.
- Graduated 80% of youth aging out of foster care from our THPP with an identified permanent adult relationship.
- Graduated 60% of youth aging out of foster care from our THPP with a high school diploma or GED.