Foster youth who are aging out of the system have higher rates of being undereducated, underemployed and becoming homeless. 62% of former foster youth end up homeless and only 5% attend college. Youth who leave foster care often find themselves on their own with no housing or support from their family or community.
Without mentoring and important tools to navigate their next steps, many foster youth find themselves homeless, drug addicted, pregnant and/or in jail. The Colorado Teen Project creates significant life changes for the youth we serve.
At the core of Project:SELF-START we offer sustainable mentoring relationships by partnering youth with goal-oriented, supportive mentors. Workshops, career assessments, skills training and assistance surrounding stability and career exploration support a journey toward opportunity and self-discovery while building a positive growth mindset.
Project:GROW empowers underserved youth through garden-based education. CTP works with youth in transition to become gardeners, harvesters and potential team leaders for Colorado-based community gardens and farms — reinforcing sustainable organic gardening, healthy business practices and responsible leadership.
Through guided mindfulness practices with area practitioners, youth learn how to settle a busy mind, direct and sustain attention, explore limiting thoughts, build a positive growth mindset and culivate compassion with their peers. Research shows that practicing mindfulness benefits the body and mind.
“I turned 18 a month before I graduated from high school. The day after graduation, I was kicked out of my foster home, where I had been living for two years. I was 18, a high school graduate on my way to college in the fall, and I was homeless.” — Nicole, former foster youth | Youth Stories