Christian City’s THRIVE program prepares young adults for success.
Roughly 700 young people “age-out” of the foster care system each year in Georgia – many are alone in navigating adulthood. Imagine being 18 years old and on your own. Imagine have had a challenging childhood – and being on your own at 18.
Would you have been able to make a successful transition from childhood to adulthood?
More than 40% of foster kids who age out of the system become homeless within a year – 40%! Fifty-one percent won’t be able to find and keep a job. Fifty percent will fall prey to substance abuse issues.
At Christian City, we want to help these young people thrive.
Our THRIVE program provides housing, supportive services, and appropriate supervision on our campus in south Fulton County for youth 18-24 years old who want to gain the skills to be successful in life.
Youth in the Thrive program will be employed, and some will be working toward a college degree or Vocational school certifications. After six months, each youth will pay a small percentage of what they earn in rent — this rent will be given back to them when they graduate from the program to assist with moving costs and security deposits. They will learn how to budget – and create an honest budget for themselves. That budget will include saving 30% of their earnings. When they leave Christian City, they will have created a positive rental history, have savings to help them buy a car, and money saved for monthly rent.
They will learn how to budget – and create an honest budget for themselves. That budget will include saving 30% of their earnings. When they leave Christian City, they will have savings to help them buy a car or get into an apartment.
During their time in Thrive, these young people will also have specific instruction in life skills, problem-solving, decision-making, and much more. They learn to write a resume and practice interviewing for a job. They will learn about healthy eating. That you need first and last month’s rent AND a deposit to rent an apartment.
Our youth will know what a credit score is, how compounded interest works, and how to live within their means. They will learn to plan for their futures and to take care of their health. They will know they are unique individuals create by God for a unique purpose in this life.
Christian City’s THRIVE program implements the five C’s from the Positive Youth Framework:
- COMPETENCE Our youth will develop a positive view of their actions – social, cognitive and academic.
- CONFIDENCE Our youth will develop a positive sense of self-worth and self-efficacy.
- CONNECTION Our youth will learn the skills needed for healthy relationships so that they can establish bonds with their family, co-workers, and friends.
- CHARACTER Our youth will have respect for rules, understand standards of correct behavior, morality, and integrity.
- CARING Our youth will develop a sense of sympathy and empathy for others.
Do you know someone who needs some support to thrive? Contact Destini Alexander, our program manager, for more information.