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Independence Plus provides structured, apartment-based independent living program for youth between the ages of 17 and 21, with 24-hour on-site supervision by trained Life Skills Counselors.

A number of support resources are provided to youth participating in this program:

  • Case Management services are provided by licensed Social Workers.
  • A Vocational Coordinator is available to assist the youth in finding and maintaining employment.
  • Mental Health Treatment services are available on-site by staff or off-site, provided by a licensed community mental health provider.
  • Educational services are provided off-site, and the agency provides linkages with both private and public educational programs.
  • Life skills classes, vocational services and job readiness programming are provided as part of the Independence Plus program.

In addition, liaisons are made with community medical and dental providers for all medical needs. New Pathways also makes an effort to encourage the development of peer mentors to provide positive role modeling.

Prior to turning 21, clients have the opportunity to establish their own residence in the community, with their own name on the lease and to begin taking some financial responsibility for their own care. This way, when they turn 21, they are more prepared to handle these essential, adult responsibilities.


Second Generations offers a structured, apartment-based independent living program for pregnant and parenting teens, between the ages of 16 and 21, with 24-hour on-site supervision by trained Life Skills Counselors.

A number of support resources are provided to youth participating in this program:

  • Case Management services are provided by licensed Social Workers.
  • A Vocational Coordinator is available to assist the pregnant and parenting teens in finding and maintaining employment.
  • Parenting services and training are provided by a Parent Trainer.
  • Mental Health Treatment services are available on-site by staff or off-site, provided by a licensed community mental health provider.
  • Educational services are provided off-site, and the agency provides linkages with both private and public educational programs.
  • Parenting training, life skills classes, vocational services and job readiness programming are provided as part of the Second Generations the program.
  • Community-based daycare services are included as a part of the program to allow mothers to work and attend school.

In addition, liaisons are made with community medical and dental providers for all
medical needs, including pre-natal services. Biological families, including fathers,
are encouraged to participate in the life of the mother and child. New Pathways also makes an effort to encourage the development of peer mentors to provide positive role modeling.

Prior to turning 21, clients have the opportunity to establish their own residence in
the community through our NICHAC program, with their own name on the lease and to begin taking some financial responsibility for their own care. This way, when they turn 21, they are more prepared to handle these responsibilities.


New Pathways is committed to helping young people who are aging out of the foster care system prepare for self-sufficiency. As part of helping young people prepare, New Pathways offers training in various areas of life skills, including but not limited to:

  • Money Management/Budgeting
  • Housing
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Job Maintenance Skills
  • Finding Employment
  • Accessing Community Resources
  • Health Care
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Housekeeping
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Legal Issues
  • Parenting Issues

New Pathways assesses each young person’s competency in the various areas of life skills in order to individualize the life skills education that each youth receives while enrolled in the New Pathways program.