Returning home or living in family foster care is not an option. The TRAIL program provides youth aged the opportunity to learn essential life skills and practice living independently while still having the support and guidance of caring staff. They are provided a supportive learning environment to develop home maintenance and self-sufficiency skills, such as cooking and cleaning, as well as getting along with their next door neighbor. Participants in the TRAIL program are encouraged to further their education through vocational or college classes. Those who have completed a high school equivalency and do not wish to further their education will be expected to volunteer within the community. TRAIL participants will be required to work.
Assistance and support as youth and young adults reach toward self-sufficiency comes in many forms including life skills training classes, individual coaching, in-home instruction, and leadership opportunities. The SCC is a partner with and support system to Youth and Young Adults, assisting them in completing their successful transition to independence and self-sufficiency. Young Adults may qualify for Post Secondary Educational Services and Support PESS , which provides a monthly stipend to assist Young Adults with attending post secondary school, or Aftercare, which provides service referrals, case management, and may include temporary financial assistance. Young Adults who reach the age of majority in licensed care are able to choose to Extend Foster Care EFC until the age of 21 22 with a disability. Each Young Adult's needs are different and support is always individualized to help the Young Adult with the challenges of living in our adult world.
Independent Living means controlling and directing your own life. It means taking risks and being allowed to succeed and fail on your own terms. It means participating in community life and pursuing activities of your own choosing. Independent Living is knowing what choices are available, selecting what is right for you, and taking responsibility for your own actions. For people with disabilities affecting their ability to make complicated decisions or pursue complex activities, independent living means being as self-sufficient as possible.
In today's world, becoming an adult and independent can be a scary process. There are so many resources a person might need that it can be easy to feel confused or overwhelmed. It can even be difficult trying to figure out where to get started. If you are age 16 to 21 and have been or are currently in foster care in South Dakota, the Independent Living Program can help you make plans for your future. The program provides services to assist youth and young adults with the transition from foster care into an independent living.