United Way News
Did you know that throughout Greeley and Weld County there is a program that will support you as you become an independent adult? Do you want support while navigating the many steps toward adult independence?
Young adults who are aging out of the foster care system, have been asked by a parent or guardian to leave home, are involved in juvenile justice, are in kinship care, and/or are without stable housing often are without a support system and do not know where to turn to locate needed resources.
Realizing Independence Through Education (RITE) supports at-risk youth and young adults who are transitioning to adulthood and independence by providing guidance, resources, and life skills that make this often challenging time more manageable.
RITE is available at no charge to youth and young adults, ages 13-22, who live in Weld County. Multiple classes are offered each month on a variety of topics such as getting a job, cooking on a budget, and renting an apartment. RITE also offers one-on-one meetings to assist with more specific obstacles. Career and community focused events allow you to explore careers and meet with professionals in your community.
All attendees of the life skills classes are asked to fill out a survey to evaluate each class and the program overall. This survey was developed by a University of Northern Colorado research intern and RITE staff and is analyzed monthly. In the first quarter of 2013, 98% of the 70 returned surveys rated the classes excellent and 85% said they would be interested in future presentations. A systems navigator uses a self-sufficiency matrix and guidance tool to measure the success of each youth in the program. The matrix measures the positive movement people make along different self-reliance domains such as education, employment, and housing.
Goal 1: At-risk youth gain actionable life skills.
Goal 2: Transitioning youth become and stay housed for 12-18 months following program engagement.
Goal 3: Program volunteers develop mentoring relationships with at-risk youth.