Transitioning Well is A Red Circle's summer series designed to provide young adults with the tools they need to successfully transfer out of foster care. Weekly Saturday sessions will begin June 2 and end July 28, with a break on June 30 for the 4th of July weekend.
June 2 & 9 - Holistic Living
Session 1 - Practical life decisions such as life on the outside of the home. We have some concrete material such as how to open a bank account, credit, getting an apartment, etc., but we’ll also use this session to be flexible and allow the discussion to center around the kids’ concerns. We will encourage and affirm the kids, and provide them with information and resources.
Session 2 - Wellness, health, and nutrition. Choosing a doctor and dentist, safe sex, family planning, and healthy eating. We will stress how important these topics are in the black community. We will also briefly cover insurance. Finally, we will prepare a healthy meal and do some short exercises and stretches. Great stress relief.
June 16 & 23 - Education
Session 1 - Choices of and the benefits of attending college. We will include examples from successful Blacks, in and around the area. We will discuss college-readiness and answer questions about financial aid and other school choices.
Session 2 - Completing college applications, FAFSA forms, and continue to affirm their value and answer any questions or concerns they have.
June 30 - Fourth of July Weekend Break
July 7 & 14 - Employment
Session 1 - Job readiness, and the cost of living. Will work one on one with the kids and complete job applications, prepare resumes, all while helping them hone in on describing their skills. We will discuss professionalism and set up email addresses, and inform them of our interview clothes closet. (Outside of the Saturday session, I and other volunteers, will secure commitments from local companies to interview the kids.)
Session 2 - The workplace. Coming to work on time, handling workplace grievances, the importance of working hard and smart, and how to properly leave a job.
July 21- Policy
Voting, the new ID law, registering the kids to vote, relaying why voting is so important especially for blacks. We will give a short tutorial on policy and how voting and policy actually affect our community more in local elections than in national ones.
July 28 - Arts
Music, arts and crafts, and wrap up the summer with questions, thoughts, and an invitation to keep in touch.
- Cooking / Catering
- Adult Education
- Music Arts
- Teaching / Instruction
- Youth Services
- Reading / Writing
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- 3 hours a week
- Genuine care for economic development of North St. Louis County, Missouri