The Individualized Transition Skills Program
According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, in 2018, over 22% of 16-20 year olds in foster care in California came from Los Angeles County. Lacking necessary life skills, many former foster youth join the ranks of the homeless and unemployed and disproportionate numbers commit suicide.
The Community College Foundation (TCCF) Individualized Transition Skills Program known as ITSP focuses on building a foundation for self-sufficiency by providing foster and probation youth with the tools to successfully transition from childhoood to adulthood. this includes the areas of educational attainment, knowledge of life skills, and finding employment and stability to prevent homelessness.
ITSP supports transition-aged foster youth (ages 16-21) in preparing for a fulfilling future by providing mentorship and encouraging high school graduation and college readiness. The program also offers life skills classes with a focus on personal finance and job training. Given the varied needs of foster youth ITSP facilitates connection to outside community programs that can support a healthy and successful transition to adulthood.
ITSP uses a one-on-one in-home centered learning model that brings Transition Development Specialists to the youth for a 2-year period to introduce them to the vast academic, financial, and vocational resources available in their local community.
TCCF Service Areas:
San Fernando Valley
Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, and Pomona
Silverlake, Echo Park, Hollywood and Downtown
77% of high school seniors graduated and were accepted to college
96% learn how to cope with real life situations
96% are clearer about their goals and how to achieve them
88% make friends through the program
Individualized Transition Skills Program (ITSP)
The vision of ITSP is to improve the quality of life for Transition Age Youth by providing responsive, efficient, and high-quality public services that promote self sufficiency, well-being, and financial security of individuals within their communities.