In order for Expanding Horizons Family Services Inc. to help young people transition from foster care to independence, it is imperative that we work with them before leaving care to help them build a range of skill sets that equip them for post-care, out of a system that they have known and become dependent on. Skill sets are transferable so they can cope independently while achieving heightened self esteem and confidence in their own abilities.
The "Trades for Success" program focuses on education and skill development. While education is always the priority for foster youth, enhancing their soft-skills has the potential to offer them prospective opportunities for career development. As part of the foster plan of care youth identify trade areas they might be interested in. Our team work to match the interests of the youth to fostering families, mentors, soft-skill training and career opportunities.
With renewed interest in career opportunities in the trades we believe that there are significant opportunities for youth to gain soft-skill experience and apply this experience to career opportunities as they age-out of care.
Under this program we give youth an even greater chance of success by limiting placement of one youth per foster home. This gives the foster parent/family and team an opportunity to focus specifically on the needs of the foster youth in the home, helping them prepare to age-out.
We work closely with the trades and business communities in identifying mentoring, fostering, skill development and career opportunities for youth.