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Preparing Youth for Adulthood Program

The Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) initiative was created and designed to better address the needs of young adults aging out of foster care and to empower older youth to be more engaged in their Court process. CASAs support PYA youth in the transition to adulthood, working with youth on life skills such as budgeting, time management, professional development, and forming a positive identity. PYA youth additionally have the opportunity for biannual meetings with their Judge. PYA youth are typically identified by judges due to their high engagement and initiative.

PYA's Core Purpose

 

VISION 

Empowering youth to create their own dynamic life plans, formulate their own objectives, and achieve individual goals on the path to adulthood and future success.

MISSION

The Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Initiative seeks to change the outcomes of transitional aged youth by identifying youth’s individual strengths, needs, supporting the development of essential life skills, and building community connections with the assistance of a CASA volunteer. 

VALUES

PYA values the endless amount of possibilities for transitional aged youth, and in transitional aged youths’ ability to identify their own paths in pursuit of their best selves.

Features of PYA program​

  • ​PYA Preparations Meetings, which provide unique 1 on 1 time with Judge

  • Quarterly workshops aimed at improving attendance and follow-through, setting and meeting goals, teamwork, self-advocacy and passion.

  • Incentive Program

  • 21st Commemorative Event celebrating their success and the next chapter of their lives

PYA CASA Volunteers

Interested in becoming a PYA CASA Volunteer? A PYA case may be right for you if:

  • You would like to serve an older youth 

  • You are interested in building life skills in preparation for adulthood

  • You wish to further empower an engaged youth

Contact:

Tashana Pullam

Manager, Transitional Youth

tpulliam@casadc.org