Launch Pad-Transitional Living Program
The Launch Pad is a long term (maximum stay of 21-months) transitional living program for homeless youth or youth who are fleeing dangerous living situations.
The goal of the program is to assist youth and young adults in making the transition to self-sufficiency.
Youth reside in a shared two bedroom or three bedroom apartment. All apartments are located within our primary residential facility, which has a staff person on duty 24-hours a day.
Additional Pages for Launch Pad – Transitional Living Facility
Launch Pad is a strength-based program. Staff are dedicated to forming partnerships with the residents, and supporting them in exploring their life goals. The staff work with the residents to create a safe environment which is non-judgmental, allowing them to make their own informed decisions.
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Each resident will receive comprehensive case management services. Residents, with assistance from staff, will have a Needs and Services Plan, which allows participants to focus their energy in order to create change in their lives. Each Needs and Services Plan will be broken into five areas of concentration:
- Money Management
LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION
Residents will receive support in daily life skills such as:
- Nutrition and Food Safety
- Cleanliness and Personal Hygiene
- Employment Readiness Skills
- Inter-Personal Relationships
- Conflict Resolution
WHAT THE YOUTH HAVE TO SAY
“ Launch Pad opens your eyes to the real world.” Ashely, Age 16
“ Launch Pad shows me how to save money so that some day I can get my own place.” Andrea, Age 16
“ Launch Pad, to me is about having a bed to sleep in and food to eat. It was somewhere other than the streets to try to make something of my life.” Mike, Age 17
“ Launch Pad helped start me on the way to life.” Chris, Age 17
ACCESSING THE PROGRAM
Launch Pad is for youth who are experiencing homelessness or fleeing dangerous living situations.
To qualify for TLP:
- Youth must be between the ages of 16 - 21,
- Youth must not be drug or alcohol dependent,
- Youth must not be actively suicidal,
- Youth must not be on formal probation,
- Youth must voluntarily agree to be in TLP,
- Legal Guardian must consent to TLP (if youth under 18 years old).
All prospective TLP youth are encouraged to visit Launch Pad during the Drop-In hours of 3:00pm to 5:00pm every Wednesday (or by appointment). During Drop-In all prospective youth meet with program staff and youth are informed of program expectations and given a brief tour of the TLP living facility. Once a youth completes a drop-in they are placed on a wait list where he/she will be contacted once an opening in the program.
Call (707) 443-8322 to speak with a staff member about the Launch Pad or additional YSB services.