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All Youth Count

What is All Youth Count?

All Youth Count (AYC) is a public-private partnership between Easterseals NH, DCYF, and private sector partners designed to provide foster care youth, as well as youth who recently exited foster care, ages 14-26 with assistance to lead successful, independent lives. Providing a combination of supportive employment, vocational mentorship, and individualized support to mitigate barriers to independence/stability; AYC seeks to reach youth who would benefit from person centered, individualized assistance.

Community Support 

Numerous national studies have shown that youth “aging out” of foster care between 18 and 21 years of age without being adopted or reunited with biological parent(s) are at substantially higher risk of homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, substance misuse, and isolation. In addition, these same studies show that more than 30% of youth 21 years of age who are no longer in foster care are disconnected from work and school. Support from individual and businesses in our community is critical to help make an impact.

Key Elements

  • Individualized and person-centered approach will be utilized. 
  • Assessment of social determinants that impact successful employment outcomes.
  • Referral and direct services provided to address barriers to successful employment outcomes.
  • A dedicated and engaged advisory council comprised of individuals, businesses, and community leaders will identify private-sector partnerships and philanthropic funding opportunities.
  • Private-sector fundraising will create financial resources (when unavailable through existing state and community sources) to address barriers to long term stability.
  • Vocational Mentorship opportunities will be created to provide youth access to employment opportunities and on the job mentorship.

Outcomes

Program participants will demonstrate increased rates of:
  • Employment
  • Vocational Skills
  • Financial self sufficiency
  • Connection to Vocational Mentors
  • Connection to employment focused resources
  • Housing stability

Your Gift Makes a Difference! 

$5,000 Pays three months’ rent for a participant in a local apartment

$2,500 Provides tuition assistance for 10 credit hours at a local community college

$1,000 Purchases a computer for a teen to use for school, job searching, and other enrichment activities

$500 Provides an interview wardrobe (two suits/outfits, shoes, accessories) for a participant

$250 Provides one skills-building course from a local community college or another provider

$100 Purchases a week’s groceries for a participant living on their own

Ways to Donate

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