LifeStrengths is a positive youth development model that advances foster care and other at-risk youth to a place of self-sufficiency and independence from government subsidies.
Developing Independence in the Lives of At-Risk Youth
LifeStrengths was developed by I Pour Life to meet the needs of the most at-risk and marginalized youth populations in the United States.
LifeStrengths is centered around holistic advancement through personal achievement and accountability, within four focus areas. The proprietary curriculum emphasizes education progress, employment opportunity, financial literacy, stable living, and social capital.
Each week, a certified LifeCoach meets individually with at-risk youth to assist them in setting and achieving their personal goals, while building a community network of support. Youth development needs are serviced directly by I Pour Life, with relief and rehabilitation needs being met through the integration of community services and partnerships. Through this integration, LifeStrengths fosters a system of community-driven solutions for individual youth in need.
LifeStrengths Youth Demographics
16-24 Years: Age criteria for youth
At-Risk: Youth in foster care, judicial systems, or living in extreme poverty
Community: Youth coached in Residential, Transitional, or Independent Living settings
High School: Youth coached in High School and Alternative Schools on site
Our Model: Virtual Coaching, Group Gatherings, Daily Touchpoints, Evidence-based Curriculum, No Aging-Out
PEOPLE FED DURING I POUR LIFE FAMILY DINNERS
YOUTH SERVED IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS
APPLIED, INTERVIEWED, AND SECURED JOBS
ENROLLED IN HIGH SCHOOL OR OBTAINED A DEGREE
SECURED STABLE LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
When Sophia was nominated to be a part of the LifeStrengths Development System, she was in her third trimester of pregnancy, unemployed, and facing homelessness from being released from an emergency shelter in Springfield, MO. Sophia began meeting with her LifeCoach, Kayla, who quickly became a dependable support for her when she drove Sophia home from the hospital after giving birth to her daughter. Kayla is coaching Sophia on how to be a self-sufficient mom and responsible adult. Sophia is now living in a stable home with her healthy baby girl and is actively seeking employment.
Ben was in-and-out of foster homes, leaving him without stable housing or a family to depend on. Even through these trials, Ben started attending classes at OTC and got a job as a lifeguard at the YMCA. Ben’s former therapist recognized the potential and grit in him so he nominated Ben to get connected to a LifeCoach who?d provide family-like support including championing his successes. Since becoming a part of the I Pour Life family, Ben completed his first year at OTC, bought his first car debt free, and has continued to maintain his employment at the YMCA.