The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides workshops, special
events and support services to foster youth between the ages of
16-21, to help prepare them for emancipation. Annually, over 600
young people attend ILP workshops and educational events. These
young adults go on to live on their own more confidently and better
prepared for the challenges that adulthood brings. Giving these
youngsters a helping hand today breaks the cycle of abuse tomorrow
by providing hope for a better future.
ILP focuses on four key areas:
ILP participants can:
- Daily Living
» Click Here for online ILP Workshop Registration
- Receive life skills instruction on the four key areas above
with the help of volunteer experts from the community and
former foster youth called Peer Mentors
- Attend a variety of workshops held several times each month
at locations throughout Orange County
- Attend special events such as “Independent
City,” college tours, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and
end-of-the-school-year celebrations for students and graduates
- Receive the monthly “ILP Connection” e-newsletter containing
information to help foster youth prepare for emancipation
and the schedule of ILP workshops and special events
- Earn “OCF Dollars” for attendance, participation and completion
of ILP homework assignments. OCF dollars can be used to purchase
items such clothing, food, furniture and other household items
Here for the ILP Schedule of workshops & special events.
Here to be added to the e-newsletter mailing list.
To learn more about the program, please call 714-619-0222.
One of the key ILP events each year is “Independent City.” As a mock city, the event serves as a dress rehearsal for foster teens presenting them with decisions and situations they will face once they emancipate (or "age-out") of the foster care system at age 18. Local businesses provide volunteers to lend a hand with activities, such as opening a checking account, finding an apartment, arranging for day care for make believe children (in the form of hard boiled eggs!), and shopping for groceries within a budget. It is great fun for the young people and a touching experience for the volunteers.