Independent Living Skills – Foster Care & Girls Court
Olive Crest’s Independent Living Skills Programs (ILS) equips and empowers adolescents and young adults with the skills necessary to successfully transition into independent adulthood. Motivated by faith, with the belief in the potential for every child’s future, case managers partner with youth to help them develop their own individual learning plans that are in line with their personal goals. Youth enrolled in ILS meet with their case managers one-on-one, attend group workshops, and receive support in the following areas:
- Education Planning & Resources
- Career Exploration & Job Seeking
- Financial Literacy
- Relationship Skills
- Personal & Home Management
- Other Daily Life Skills
Eligibility – ILS Foster Care: Youth who have spent a minimum of 30 days in foster care after their 15th birthday and who are between 15-23 years old living in Kitsap County. Referrals must be sent from a youth’s DCYF social worker. Youth who have closed cases with DCYF may still be eligible for ILS and can self-refer when applicable.
Eligibility – ILS Girls Court: Youth who have been involved in Kitsap County Girls Court and are between the ages of 15-21. Referrals must be sent from the Kitsap County Girls Court’s probation officer.
Transitional Housing Program
Olive Crest’s Transitional Housing Program (THP) is a 12-18 month transitional living arrangement for current and/or former foster youth ages 18-23. The THP is a safe and affordable space intended to be a stepping-stone into independent living. THP Participants work on identified goals with the assistance of their ILS Case Manager and other Olive Crest staff.
Eligibility: Referrals must be sent from DCYF or Olive Crest staff.