River City Youth Collective
formerly youth services
River City Youth Collective (RCYC) programs are available to youth and youngadults ages 14-24 who are aging out of foster care, have a history ofbeing in or at risk of being placed in state custody, or who have experiencedchildhood physical/sexual abuse or neglect. The programs include:
· Life SkillsEducation (LSE) utilizing the Casey Life Skills Assessment to determine areasof growth for youth transitioning to adulthood. One on one support and groupworkshops are developed to aid youth in skills such as changing atire, grocery shopping, meal prep, personal care, home repair, etc. LSE workshops empower young people to livehealthy and independent lives.
· Financial Literacy is a key component of the LSE program anduses the Opportunity Passport curriculum to teach about credit, savings, andassets. The classes are taught by a National Foundation for Credit Counseling CertifiedCounselor through Partnership’s Consumer Credit Counseling program. Not only doparticipants learn, but the RCYC helps participants open a Tennessee ValleyFederal Credit Union savings account to plan for major purchases. The RCYC alsoprovides a one to one match up to $3,000 for participants that are saving tomake an asset purchase such as a car, housing deposit, stocks and educationalexpenses.
· Sexual Health Education is designed to educate young men and womenabout how to avoid contracting HIV, STI's and how to prevent unintendedpregnancies. The Sex Health Education program implements the "SistersSaving Sisters" and the “Manhood 2.0” curriculum which discuss healthyrelationships, abstinence, safe sex, and how to make healthy decisions.
· Supervised Independent Living Program (Transitional Housing)for young men and women provides prevention and intervention services to thosein Extended Foster Care between the ages 18 and 21. The RCYC Independent Living Coordinator (ILCoordinator) assists young adults in establishing independence and keeps propercommunication between the young adult and Departmentof Children’s Services (DCS.) Partnership currently has three transitionalhousing sites and is working on expanding further in order to accommodate thehousing needs of this population.
· Education and Career assistance are provided to youth andyoung adults of the RCYC with the help of the education and career Navigator. The Navigator assists youth with careerassessments, intervention and advocacy at school, transportation assistance,coordination of tutoring services, taking youth on college trips and campustours, assistance in applying for school and/or employment, interview andcareer prep, and coaching.
· The RCYC offers free one-on-one counseling for youth andyoung adults that meet the eligibility criteria- regardless of insurancestatus. The therapy program offers a rotating selection of group therapyincluding: Young Mothers Support Group, Foster care Support Group, Art andExpressive Therapy group, as well as coordination of therapeutic resources forparticipants with other community partners.
“Ourvision for RCYC therapy is to empower youth and young adults and walk alongsidethem as they take ownership of their own emotional health and their futuresuccesses,” - Sarah Elghalban, Program Director.
Formore information about RCYC, contact Sarah Elghalban at firstname.lastname@example.org or call423.755.2722.