SCYAP is committed to helping ensure that youth on the cusp of becoming adults are prepared to become self-sustaining, productive, and contributing members of their communities. Through a combination of case coordination, service intervention, participation in a structured and individualized curriculum, and direct support services, SCYAP’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) provides such an opportunity to youth, ages 16-21.
The overall goal of YOP is to provide youth with the skills and resources they need to become self-reliant and self-confident individuals, who can positively contribute to their community. In order to achieve this goal, the program focuses on 6 domains with specific objectives for each of the domains:
Education Domain: Youth complete or are involved in an educational program (high school, technical school, college/university, GED, adult education, etc.).
Vocation Domain: Youth are employed or engaged in a job-training program (vocational training, volunteer work, internship, competitive employment, etc.).
Housing: Youth have a stable living arrangement (apartment, family, dormitory, house, etc.).
Community Resource Linkage Domain: Youth have knowledge of and access to community resources (medical, social services, financial institutions, mental health, public works, etc.).
Basic Life Skill Acquisition Domain: Youth have adequate life skills in basic independent living areas (food management, budgeting, job seeking skills, legal issues, health and hygiene, etc.).
Health Domain: Youth have an identified primary physician and receive routine medical services for dental and other health needs (i.e., vision, hearing, mental health, etc.).
A combination of assessment, skill building activities, and hands-on community activities are used in the program to achieve the goals. Progress and milestones are measured through a variety of methods, including (but not limited to):
- Implementation of a Life Skills Inventory to measure functional skill development and attainment in the following areas: Money Management/Consumer Awareness, Food Management, Personal Appearance, Health and Hygiene, Housekeeping and Personal Belongings, Housing, Transportation, Educational Planning, Job Seeking Skills, Emergency Skills, Responsible Drug Use, Sexuality, Interpersonal Skills, Community Involvement/Knowledge of Resources and Legal Issues.
- Progress evaluations to assess the YOP participant’s successes and status with education, vocation, housing arrangements, functional skill development, healthcare, and community linkage.
- Development of a Resource Manual that includes information on community resources and important personal information, individualized to each youth.