Independent Living Skills
What does the Independent Living Skills program do?
ILS offers young people the tools needed to transition into adulthood and succeed on their own! Youth meet one-on-one with a member of the ILS team to develop an individualized independent living skills plan. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in a series of "skills group" classes that cover a wide variety of topics that can help you become self-sufficient and live on your own.
ILS Classes on-site at Evergreen Youth Services Site, 610 Patriot Dr., NW, Bemidji
Who Qualifies for the Independent Living Skills Program?
Youth in Foster Care* (ages 14-21)
Youth Who Have Exited Foster Care (ages 14-21)
*Foster Care is defined by DHS as court ordered out of home placements for a minimum of 30 consecutive days after the age of 14.
At-Risk Youth-ages 14-18
Youth who currently experience mental health concerns, have attendance issues, juvenile justice involvement, chemical dependency concerns or lack safe adult support. Please see ILS Program referral form.
ILS Class Schedule 2017
Topics include: Creating a positive environment, Communication, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Managing Personal Resources, Resolving Conflict, Looking to the Future, A Game Plan for College/Higher Education, A Game Plan for Finding Work/Getting a Job, and Budgeting.
These classes at area schools are generally available to any students registered at the school. For questions about the school classes, contact Cari at 441-4553.
Summer College Tours/Campus Visits
On-Site Spring ILS Group
Sexual Health Curriculum – Making Proud Choices
Making Proud Choices is an evidenced based sexual health curriculum, consisting of 10 modules/lessons. Youth will not only learn about contraceptives and STD's but also components of having healthy relationships. Through the curriculum youth identify their life goals, the impacts of sexual relationships and the benefits of having healthy relationships.
Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Curriculum-Empower Youth Program- NEW in 2017!
The Empower Youth Program is a prevention-focused tool engaging youth in conversations about empathy and exploitation in their schools and neighborhoods. The Empower Youth Program consists of 5 sessions which utilizes short films, activities, and discussion questions to empower youth 7th grade and up to successfully navigate the vulnerabilities in their lives in order to stay safe from exploitation.
What can my Independent Living Skills Plan help me with?
- Apartment Supplies
- GED Fees
- Bicycles; Bus Passes; Driver's Education/Driver's Permit
- ACT Fees
- Work Clothes
- Shoes or Clothes Needed to Participate in Sports
- Apartment Items
- Camp Fees
- Obtain a State ID Card
- Help with Getting Your Social Security Card
- Baby Clothes
- …What do YOU need???
Please note these services are provided to youth actively engaged in ILS services and who meet the state eligibility guidelines.
Priority for these on-site classes is given to Foster Care youth 14-21 and At Risk youth ages 14 – 17.
What if I can't make it to the classes?
Interested in ILS?
Resources for Youth Exiting Foster Care:
Things People Never Told Me
This compilation of suggestions about finances, health care, employment, and relationships from foster youth transitioning to adulthood is aimed at equipping other youth leaving foster care with the necessary tools to become independent and successful adults.
Youth Leadership Council Meetings
- To be announced