Independent Living Skills

What does the Independent Living Skills program do?

ILS offers current and former foster youth 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

ILS youth intake packet


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.













2017 Summer College Tours/Campus Visits!







On-Site Fall ILS Group


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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.

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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.

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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
  • School Supplies
  • …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?

Call Samantha (Sam) at 441-4551 or Cari Mae at 441-4553 to set up a time to meet with them individually.

Interested in ILS?

Call Sam at 441-4551 or Cari Mae 441-4553 to get started.

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.

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Youth Leadership Council Meetings

  • Can be found on the YLC Facebook page