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.
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 clients progress.
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.
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