Northeast operates a supervised independent living apartment program for youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who are transitioning from foster care to community living. By developing a full array of life skills training and case management support, the program is designed to prepare youth for life on their own in the community. The program’s success is based on allowing youth to planfully transition to lower levels of care, develop adult partnerships, while participating in supportive housing, post-secondary education preparation and workforce development training.
Through partnerships with key community based organizations the program provides a system of support to ensure that each youth successfully achieves permanency through appropriate community connections.
- Housing located in a safe residential neighborhood
- Weekly individual and group independent living counseling
- Independent living workshops in which the youth practice skills such as navigating public transportation, cooking and managing a budget
- Job resources available through Youth Build of Schenectady, AmeriCorps, Chamber of Schenectady County Certificate of Employability, One Stop Centers, Career Zone, and New York State Foster Care Youth Paid Internship
- Post-secondary education resources available through Schenectady County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Certified Nursing Assistant and New York State Educational Training Program
- Youth employment resources and training are available through the Ansel Casey Life Skills, Youth in Progress/Youth 4 Progress, Foster Club, Vocational BOCES and Young Leaders in the Making
- Apartments are conveniently located near public transportation
- 24-hour monitoring and support is available as the apartment program is a core component of the agency’s full continuum of having options of youth in and out of care.
- Youth reside in an apartment that is fully furnished and paid for by Northeast including rent and utilities
- Transitional Living Plans are developed beginning at 16 ½ for some youth and 17 ½ for other depending on the county they reside in. The Plan is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that the youth’s overall needs are met
- Youth receive stipends for meals and transportation as well as professional job training and job placement services
- Youth are coached around time and money management
- Scholarship and voucher program supports
- Clinical approaches using evidence-based treatment models such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Functional Behavior Assessment, Motivational Interviewing, ARC Trauma Treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are used address clinical needs of youth and help sustain the youth in the community
- Youth are afforded various employment opportunities through AmeriCorps, Girls Inc., Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady Job Training Agency, School to Work program at the School at Northeast and Northeast’s Community Living Services program
Who can access services?
Youth ages 16-21 referred from County Department of Social Services, Probation, Family Court, local school district Committee on Special Education, and Northeast’s internal programs. Services are provided to youth with a history of disruptive behavior, such as truancy, running away from home and misdemeanor criminal activity. In addition services are also provided to responsible youth from foster homes or residential care who would benefit from a different community-based setting. (continued)
How are services accessed?
When are services available?
Northeast provides wrap-around services that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.