INDEPENDENCE, ACHIEVEMENT, MASTERY
The I.A.M. READY Center is the Chattanooga site for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, operated by the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. The I.A.M. READY Center prepares youth aging out of foster care for the realities of the real world so that they may continue toward success. The Center serves young people between the ages of 14-26 who have spent at least one day in foster care after the age of 14, living in or around the Hamilton County Area. Services available include a financial education curriculum that teaches basic knowledge such as:
- Asset building
- Credit reports
- Money management
- Budgeting, etc.
Focuses for Youth to Succeed:
- Close Relationships with caring adults such as resource parents
- Expectations that they can succeed
- Opportunities for positive contributions and recognition through participation in youth advocacy, school activities, and community volunteer experiences
In addition to financial skill-building and support, I.A.M. READY Center participants have access to streamlined and specialized services within the Hamilton County community, specifically related to the key outcome areas defined by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative that are evidence-based to be essential for a successful transition into adulthood.
Participants are encouraged and supported as they make savings contributions towards an asset purchase of their choice, within the approved domains of:
- Medical/Dental costs
- Credit Building
- Debt Reduction
The I.A.M. Ready Center Life skills and Health classes are offered on a regular basis, through both internal and external sources. If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker at the I.A.M. Ready Center, please contact 423.643.6444.
Tennessee DCS Statistics:
389 Graduated in 2014
126 EFC Graduated in 2014
9 College Graduates
Over 400 Enrolled in College
93 Youth Expected to Age Out of Care in 2014-2015
77 Youth Aged Out of Foster Care 2013-2014