What We Do
People were meant to live life in community, with one another, which is why the RCYC is a collective. It’s a collaboration, a safe space where youth and young adults can find acceptance, support, and opportunities to learn and grow from and with one another.
Life skills education
Utilizing the Jim Casey Life Skills Assessment to determine areas of growth for youth transitioning to adulthood. One-on-one support and group workshops are developed to aid youth in skills such as changing a tire, grocery shopping, meal prep, personal care, home repair, etc. LSE workshops empower young people to live healthy and independent lives.
The crown jewel of our Life Skills Education program is the financial literacy program. We use a curriculum called Opportunity Passport which walks you through credit, savings, assets, and pretty much all the adult things. Not only do you get to learn about these things but we will get you hooked up with a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union savings account, and you can take advantage of our matched-savings program for purchasing things like a new car, a deposit on a new house, or a computer for college.
Sexual Health Education
Sexual health education is designed to educate young men and women about how to avoid contracting HIV, STI’s and how to prevent unintended pregnancies. The Sex Health Education program implements the “Sisters Saving Sisters” and the “Manhood 2.0” curriculum which discuss healthy relationships, abstinence, safe sex, and how to make healthy decisions.
Supervised Independent living program (transitional housing)
For young men and women provides services to those in Extended Foster Care between the ages of 18 and 21. The RCYC Independent Living Coordinator (IL Coordinator) assists young adults in establishing independence and keeps proper communication between the young adult and Department of Children’s Services. Partnership currently has three transitional housing sites and is working on expanding further in order to accommodate the housing needs of this population.
education and career
Assistance is provided to youth and young adults of the RCYC with the help of the education and career Navigator. The Navigator assists youth with career assessments, intervention and advocacy at school, transportation assistance, coordination of tutoring services, taking youth on college tours, assistance in applying for school and/or employment, interview and career prep, and coaching.
The RCYC offers free one-on-one counseling for youth and young adults that meet the eligibility criteria – regardless of insurance status. Our vision for RCYC therapy is to empower youth to take ownership of their own emotional health. Therapy sessions provide a safe space where youth are able to speak freely without judgment, process past and present emotions, improve self-awareness and establish and pursue personal goals. Individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions and enrichment classes are all offered.