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Aging Out Program

The goal of the Aging Out Program is to provide life skills training to prepare Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) teenagers for independence. Participants in the program are male and female, ages 15-21, who are under DYFS supervision and in out of home placement. The program serves clients from Morris, Warren and Sussex counties.

When a young person first enters the program, a skills assessment is completed in all of the major life skills areas. This assessment is used to develop a transitional living plan for the teenager. A reassessment is completed at the end of the program to measure each client’s progress.

The majority of the life skills training are undertaken in weekly workshops which follow a curriculum including employment skills, money management, career planning, further education, communication and problem solving. In addition to the in-house workshops the program utilizes outside speakers and field trips such as college tours and job fairs.

All participants are offered the opportunity to earn stipends by participating in the workshops. These stipends are made available to them when they are discharged from the program. The Program also offers driving lessons to those young people who actively participate throughout their time and want to obtain their drivers license.