FOCUS is a community-based program that connects youth who age out of foster care with their community. Each FOCUS youth participant is embraced by a team of three volunteers who become their personal coaches and advisors as they navigate young adulthood. Team members and young people commit to each other for three years. IT WORKS. HERE'S WHY. 

The young person is in the driver's seat.


THE TEAM

A YOUTH PARTICIPANT  is a young person between the ages of 18 and 24 who has aged out of foster care and is ready to work with a personal team to achieve their dreams.

A YOUTH PARTICIPANT is a young person between the ages of 18 and 24 who has aged out of foster care and is ready to work with a personal team to achieve their dreams.

A TEAM ANCHOR  is the go-to leader of the team who is responsible for making sure the team has clear expectations, good communications, and keeps on track.  This person is also the troubleshooter for any challenges that arise. 

A TEAM ANCHOR is the go-to leader of the team who is responsible for making sure the team has clear expectations, good communications, and keeps on track.

This person is also the troubleshooter for any challenges that arise. 

TEAM COACHES  are caring adults who become a consistent, compassionate presence in the life of their team's youth participant.  Along with the TEAM ANCHOR, they support the youth participant in reaching their goals and getting involved in the community. 

TEAM COACHES are caring adults who become a consistent, compassionate presence in the life of their team's youth participant.

Along with the TEAM ANCHOR, they support the youth participant in reaching their goals and getting involved in the community. 

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THE SUPPORT

A FOCUS AFFILIATE  is a community-based organization that works with youth and has been trained to be a FOCUS partner.  FOCUS AFFILIATES are at the heart of this program.

A FOCUS AFFILIATE is a community-based organization that works with youth and has been trained to be a FOCUS partner.

FOCUS AFFILIATES are at the heart of this program.

A COMMUNITY CIRCLE  is made up of community groups and individuals who share their time, particular skills or expertise, resources, and social capital to support and integrate the youth participant into the broader community.

A COMMUNITY CIRCLE is made up of community groups and individuals who share their time, particular skills or expertise, resources, and social capital to support and integrate the youth participant into the broader community.

The  NATIONAL FOCUS INITIATIVE  provides the program model, toolkit, training, resources, and support to FOCUS Affiliates, and builds awareness and partnerships on a national level.

The NATIONAL FOCUS INITIATIVE provides the program model, toolkit, training, resources, and support to FOCUS Affiliates, and builds awareness and partnerships on a national level.

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FOCUS Affiliate staff matches the youth participant and the Team Anchor. The young person then selects their own Team Coaches from a pool of volunteers. The Team Anchor and Coaches form a unified team to walk alongside the young person, supporting them at every turn. Community Circles embrace the teams, providing additional resources, skills, and experiences to the youth participant. The National FOCUS Initiative selects and supports FOCUS Affiliates, and builds awareness and partnerships nationally. 

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