Houston, TX 77054
Transitioning from adolescence into adulthood can be a challenging time for any teenager but even more so for a youth aging out of the foster care system. All too often, they are entering the real world without the resources, skills, knowledge or even a plan in place needed for independent living. As a result, many will be at a greater risk of dropping out of school, homelessness, unemployment, early parenthood, or having a criminal record. However, having a caring and trusted adult in their lives can help change this outcome for many. A Transition Coach is a caring, responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted guide to a youth, currently living in foster care, who is close to aging out of the system. The goal of the Transition Coaching Program is to match this population of youth with trained, transition coaches (volunteers) who will guide them in developing transition plans that help them reach their desired goals. The coach will also help the youth explore viable options for them with regards to education and/or employment as well as offer support as they navigate their road toward adulthood. Volunteers are matched with a youth, age 14 or older, to assist the youth in developing their transitional goals and to offer additional support outside of the foster care system. The volunteers meet with the youth a minimum of twice a month in the youth’s current placement or in some other agreed upon public setting. The volunteer and youth will develop a meeting schedule that works for them. Youth live across greater Houston and all surrounding areas. Training and ongoing support are provided. To become a Transition Coach, you must be willing to commit at least a year to the youth with whom you ae matched, attend an orientation and training session, submit a completed volunteer application, participate in a personal interview and pass a criminal background screening. Orientations are held each month ; alternating day time and evening sessions.
Date Posted: Sep 15, 2022
Houston, TX 77019
Are you passionate about education? This is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the life of a youth in foster care through academic coaching. Before leaving foster care a youth: Spent an average of 5 years in foster care Changed placements 8 times within those 5 years Attended at least 8 different schools due to changing placements Is often behind on their grade level Lacks a traditional support system to transition to adulthood Lacks the skills and ability to live independently Nationwide, only about half of the youth raised in foster care end up finishing high school; and less than 3% graduate from a 4-year college. Across the U.S., youth raised in foster care typically achieve at lower levels academically and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school than their general population peers. The HAY Center is excited to be launching a new Academic Coaching Program in the Fall of 2021. The goal of the program is to help students become more efficient and effective both inside and outside the classroom. Academic Coaches will work with youth on organization, time management, study skills and social competencies. The program is integrated into the student’s existing school work, along with traditional tutoring, supplemental enrichment and homework support. The program will take place in Residential Treatment Center's (RTC) located in the greater Houston area. Academic Coaches will work with youth, between the ages of 15-17, onsite during out of school hours. Exact days and times will vary, depending on the facility. We will work with you on a schedule. The pilot program is taking place in the Spring, TX area, but we are in the process of expanding to other locations . Training and ongoing support will be provided. There will be a professional tutor onsite to provide additional support.
Date Posted: Sep 15, 2022