OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
We have learned alongside our Community Partners as they have faced challenges, overcome barriers, and achieved extraordinary successes. Find out more about each project and the outcomes below.
Partnerships for Children
YES Mentor Program
Partnerships for Children provides a myriad of services for abused and neglected children in our community who are in the care of Child Protective Services.
Youth Empowerment & Success (YES) Mentor Program, identifies children 16 to 18 residing in group or foster care, and who would benefit most from a mentor and a financial literacy training program. Each participant receives a bank account with a stipend supported by a curriculum that includes banking, credit, saving, budgets, investing, and other topics as preparation to live as an adult. A well-trained volunteer works individually to mentor a child until he turns 18 with the opportunity for the relationship to continue on its own, and they both meet once a month in small groups as well. The program strives to decrease negative life outcomes for these youth, such as homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, teen pregnancy, and poverty. Impact Austin’s grant will support Partnerships for Children to continue this successful program.
With the Impact Austin grant, Partnerships for Children had great success, serving 54 youth during the grant period and having another 24 youth starting the program within the six months following the completion of the grant period.
Partnerships for Children works closely with YES youth on a day-to-day basis, with mentors providing them a consistent point of contact to help them make good choices. Partnerships for Children also works with youth on a plan of action prior to “aging out” of the care of Child Protective Services. Through this early intervention and planning, it is able to reduce the number of youth that end up homeless or incarcerated.
As the YES Mentor Program has grown and become more well known, Partnerships for Children has had an opportunity to build relationships with new organizations and expand existing relationships to broaden the program. Partnerships for Children had more than $30,000 committed to supporting the YES program following the completion of the Impact Austin grant and is working with a new partner that will provide housing opportunities for YES participants and alumna between 18 and 21 years old, one of the most needed resources for these young people.