Foster home youth are so helpless when they face the forced leaving from the foster care system at the age of 18. Without family support, they cannot help asking “where can I live?”. Is there a way out?
The program targets to help these youth how to face challenges of residence, independent living, further education and employment, provide life nurturing and career planning to help them developing a second life, encourage them to become independent youth and contribute to the society.
- Foster home youth aged 18 to 21, when they age out from foster care while returning home to live is impossible; or single youth aged 20-29, in lack of family or other financial support
- Have work motivation or short-term work experience, or part-time students
- Referred by institutional social workers or church staff, such as: children’s home, youth home, schools, Social Welfare Department and social welfare organization etc.
- Physically and mentally healthy, no bad habits
- Transitional Accommodation Support
Youth Home – Accommodation services is provided in the Evangel Children’s Home building. This is provided at a low rate to support young people transit to independent living. (Targets are youth aged between 18 to 21 years old).
Youth Community Co-Living Service – Those generous owners in the community offer low rental to those youth for co-living. (Targets are single youth aged 20 to 29)
Youth-family Co-Living Service – Connect with mature and caring families in the society, and provide family care and accommodation support for young people in need.
- Career Guidance
Explore and set up employment directions, line up with different parties to explore internship and job opportunities; set up a subsidy fund for study/further education and professional training to encourage young people to actively pursue their studies, improve their work abilities, and increase employability.
- Personal Growth and Independent Living Training
Provide life coaching, self-help cooking, take turns on household chores, help set savings plans; participate in growth and development groups to enhance self-awareness, interpersonal communication.
- Establish Support Network
Life Coaching – a start-up support and care for those youth by pairing up with mentor with rich life experience. They can be a role model and walk with the youth together, like a friend, for growth and development.
Extended Community Support – Be connected with community resources, expand the community network.
- Emergency Assistance
The emergency fund relieves urgent needs of those youth who are in difficulties. This is critical to help our youth, to be pillars of the future, stand firm under unstable situation during the transition.
Growth Planning Meeting
In order to help the holistic development on life care, interpersonal relationship, career planning, etc. of those youth, ECH regularly meets with the youth and related parties, including referring social workers, guardians, family members, etc., to review the growth and development.
Service and accommodation fees must be paid, please ask ECH for details.
2 to 5 years, subject to the personal growth and development of the youth.
Method of Application
Referred by institutional social workers or church staff;
- Fill in the “Ready to Set Off” application form (and send it by post, fax or by hand with relevant documents;
- For those who are eligible to apply after preliminary assessment, the referring social worker must also fill in the “Referral Form for Youth Accommodation” for reference and evaluation purposes;
Youth community Co-living Service:
- Fill in the “2nd Chance in Life-Transitional Youth Sponsorship Program – Youth Community Co-Living Service” application form;
- Submit the relevant documents and the “Recommendation Letter for Youth Community Co-Living Service” form, send to ECH by mail, by fax or by hand
- For applicants who are preliminarily assessed as eligible, ECH will arrange interviews and site visit to the current living environment of the applicants for assessment.
Remarks: All application forms are in Chinese
Service Termination and Withdrawal
- The relevant procedures can be carried out after discussions with ECH staff and related parties. There will be a one month’s notice. (ECH reserves the final rights to terminate the service).
- Under reasonable circumstances and evaluation, both parties can apply to withdraw / terminate the service.
For inquiries about the “2ndChance in Life – Transitional Youth Sponsorship Program”, please contact us at at 2323 8224, extension 232/242.