LifeStrengths is the nationally recognized program that develops youth for a stronger community, using an evidence-based, 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 is the nationally recognized positive youth development model that utilizes evidence-based curriculum and rigorous one-on-one coaching to advance at-risk and foster youth to a place of self-sufficiency as they age out of government care.
LifeStrengths provides weekly meetings with youth over one year, allowing development in workforce readiness, advancement in education, and soft skills that are required to move away from government subsidies and into a thriving future.
We realize youth continue to advance in their development of responsibility and decision-making. Therefore youth never “age out” or “exit” the LifeStrengths program, but are provided ongoing opportunities for continued coaching through Young Professionals groups, Financial Literacy simulations, and Successful Living workshops.
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.