Young Adult LIFE (YAL) fosters responsible citizenship by encouraging imagination, inquiry and dialogue; confidence through respect and success; and the development of tomorrow’s leaders-all in an environment of spiritual guidance.
Each year, thousands of teens and young adults, ages 18 to 21, age out of the foster care system. For the first time, many of these young people will live on their own, without a foster family. They, and many of their peers in the community, are faced with finding places to live. They will have to seek/get employment, continue their education, manage their money, and for some, provide for a family, as well.
Young Adult LIFE seeks to help young adults in all circumstances. Young Adult LIFE is a partnership with local government, individuals, private donors and Lutheran Social Services of New York. This partnership was formed to help young adults in foster care (mentees), between the ages of 15-25, make a successful transition from adolescence into adulthood.
The relationship is determined and developed by the mentor and mentee; both sign a contract of commitment.
Volunteer mentors participate in developing youth-related workshops for personal and career development.
Volunteer peer mentors are older young adults, from the same generation as their mentees, who have achieved various levels of success. Youth helping youth provides a great benefit to the mentoring relationship.
Workshops and projects are developed for mentees to give back to older adults, especially in the field of technology.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Antonnette Taylor Executive Director for Children’s Services
Stephanie Hooker Assistant Executive Director for Children’s Services
718.943.0580 Ext. 201
Nettie Paisley Young Adult LIFE Coordinator