Independent Living Skills
The Independent Living Skills Program (ILS) focuses on giving former foster youth the tools and resources they need to transition smoothly into becoming an independent and self-sufficient adult. The program helps ensure that upon exiting foster care, youth will be enrolled in college, vocational programs and/or be employed, as well as be in a stable housing situation.
The program, a partnership with South Bay Community Services, helped 298 foster youth last year.
Current and former foster youth ages 16-21. Referrals can be made by the social workers, probation officers or other ILS partnerships. Youth can also refer themselves to ILS.
Upon leaving the foster care system, aftercare services are available until a youth’s 21st birthday. Such services may include: financial assistance for employment or educational purposes, housing assistance, scholarships, Medi-Cal, household items, gift cards and other resources, when possible.
- ILS classes and workshops – see our 2018-2019 Workshops
- Bus passes, when possible
- Career exploration
- Employment support services, such as interview skills and resume writing
- Financial assistance, when possible for job uniforms, interview clothing
- Incentives for attending workshops or events
- Individual case management
Free Drop-in Center Services
- Computer lab
- Snacks and light meals
Spring Valley and East Communities Campus
3845 Spring Drive
Spring Valley, CA 92977
Monday and Thursday
9am – 5:30pm
Point Loma Campus
3255 Wing Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Tuesday and Thursday
9am – 4:30pm