LifeStrengths

How it Works

When youth are paired with a LifeCoach who invests in them, believes in them, and coaches them to become self-sufficient, they are able to leave past labels behind, break the cycle of generational poverty and reliance on government subsidies, and pursue their dreams.

LifeStrengths is a system developed by I Pour Life to address the unique needs of at-risk youth ages 16-24 who are aging out of the foster care system, living in generational poverty, or are young adult offenders by pairing them with an on-staff LifeCoach. Together they focus on development in the areas of identity, education, finances, and independence, allowing youth who have been socially isolated to achieve self-sufficiency.

LifeStrengths is a system developed by I Pour Life to address the unique needs of at-risk youth ages 16-24 who are aging out of the foster care system, living in generational poverty, or are young adult offenders by pairing them with an on-staff LifeCoach. Together they focus on development in the areas of identity, education, finances, and independence, allowing youth who have been socially isolated to achieve self-sufficiency.

How it Works

When youth are paired with a LifeCoach who invests in them, believes in them, and coaches them to become self-sufficient, they are able to leave past labels behind, break the cycle of generational poverty and reliance on government subsidies, and pursue their dreams.

At-risk youth are nominated by a cooperating agency

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Youth are paired with an on-staff LifeCoach for a year of coaching

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Youth are connected with the community and grow social capital

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Thriving beyond wildest expectations

Thriving beyond wildest expectations

An Economic Solution

The Cost of sending a youth through LifeStrengths.

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In savings for communities and taxpayers.

Beyond financial savings, youth in LifeStrengths volunteer in their community an average of 200 hours, find employment and pursue a career, and step into their purpose.

The foster care system is great in many ways, but when it comes time for a youth to transition out of care, things can get neglected. We are not taught how to budget, make a meal plan, or do anything that most kids learn by watching their parents. This leaves us with a gap, a disadvantage. I Pour Life helps fill those gaps, we learn those fundamental things, we are supported, we are told that we will succeed and that mess-ups aren’t failures, they are lessons. The LifeCoaches at I Pour Life teach the individual things that they may be missing, things like driving, filling out job applications, even shopping for food that isn’t canned spaghetti. When the system fails the kids that they are sworn to protect, that’s when we need programs like I Pour Life to build a bridge to fill the gaps.

Sarah

LifeStengths Youth

In 2015 we were provided the opportunity to partner with I Pour Life as an added resource for the young women that we serve. They have been instrumental in assisting our [youth] in getting into college, locating appropriate housing, learning to drive, and accessing a community of peers who face similar challenges as well as providing an opportunity for social and spiritual enrichment. We have found this partnership to be a significant contributor to successful outcomes for our residents.

Alisa Griffiths, MS

Director of Ashley House, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services

 

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