DePelchin's Transitioning to Adulthood through Guidance and Support (TAGS) Program seeks to provide a safe, stable environment for homeless young adults, ages 18-22, who have aged out of the child welfare system. In addition to offering temporary residence, the TAGS Program provides youths the opportunities, knowledge and skills necessary to mature into productive, responsible adults capable of becoming independent.
The TAGS Program encourages residents to learn personal and vocational skills needed to achieve financial independence while providing residents a safe, supportive living environment. Program goals include:
- Teach self-discipline and personal responsibility
- Find and develop youths' interests and abilities
- Explore how personal interests can develop into employment opportunities
- Afford each resident the opportunity to excel and a chance for leadership
- Teach the value of hard work and strive for satisfaction through achievement in completing tasks
- Create an atmosphere of community and cooperation
To be eligible for services, youths must have aged out of the child welfare system and have gone though the PAL program. DePelchin will provide shelter (for up to 18 months) for eligible youths along with promoting personal growth through life skills classes and case management.
Prospective participants in the TAGS program should meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry
- Must be homeless or pending homelessness (Documentation must be provided as proof of current living situation.)
- Must have at least one form of identification when entering the program
- Must be a former foster care youth
For more information on the TAGS Program, contact Erin Wiebe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 802-6342.