Stable housing is one of the best predictors of successful employment for youth (most youth do not seek or maintain employment while experiencing homelessness because their focus is on survival).
- Recent empirical findings show an association between increased housing stability, increased probability of obtaining income from employment, and a decreased probability of obtaining income from survival behaviors, confirming that residential stability is an essential component in youth’s ability to obtain and maintain employment.
We are happy to report that in 2019:
Housing stability for program participants went from 25% at the start of the internship, to 63% upon completion of the program. This outcome was attributed by the youth on post-program surveys and interviews to the employment and consistent income and support they derived from our program.
This outcome was attributed by the youth on post-program surveys and interviews to the employment and consistent income and support they derived from our program.
As a non-profit that is committed to growing and evolving our program, we utilize youth feedback as well as emerging science and models with a trauma-informed, strength-based, anti-oppressive focus; particularly those that discuss the importance of expanding concepts of workplaces that go beyond just a paycheck, and provide an environment of support, stability, and community necessary to evoke and inspire the minds of young people.
- Upon graduating from our program, participants receive an Animal Welfare and Advocacy Certificate as well as a work skills certification, in accordance with PA Career Ready Skills (PA CRS).
- Additionally, we assist youth in acquiring documentation necessary for future employment, complete FAFSA forms for school, tax returns, bank accounts, obtain government benefits and social services such as food and counseling services, as well as driver licenses and or/state documentation.