Youth Aging Out

Helping youth ages 18-22 with independent living, accessing community resources, and support for vocational training and higher education

Youth helped by The Home's services
Youth from The Home's Young Adult Resource Network

“Aging Out” is a term describing young people who have typically spent most of their lives in the care of the state and, in their late teens or early 20s, are suddenly on their own with few resources. Even in strong family situations, most youth are not ready for complete independence. For those who have experienced difficult pasts, the future can be daunting.

For the past decade, The Home has played a leading role in addressing the challenges of these youth. We can provide resources and support to help set youth on the right path for a successful transition to adulthood, including:

  • Access to safe and affordable housing
  • Career or vocational training
  • Advice on pursuing higher education
  • Coaching on daily living and social skills, including personal health and wellness, healthy peer relationships, managing finances, etc.
  • Skill building around self-worth and self-confidence
  • Connections to other community resources

Learn more about our innovative programs, available to youth in their late teens or early ‘20s:

Academic Support for College and Life

Help with higher education is provided through Academic Support for College and Life (ASCL), a program in partnership with Bridgewater State University that provides college preparatory and college-level academic instruction, as well as clinical, social, vocational and daily living supports.

Young Adult Resource Network

At our Young Adult Resource Network (YARN), life coaches provide wraparound supports to young adults ages 17-22 who are involved with the Department of Children and Families. Assistance is available to obtain stable housing, employment, physical and psychological wellness, and access to educational and community resources, while helping to develop supportive relationships.

Roxbury Village

Safe and affordable housing is provided at Roxbury Village for nine young people who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. The program offers support and community connections to help build the resources and skills young people need to become self-sufficient and productive adults.

Community Service Agencies

Other intensive care planning and coordination of services for youth with serious emotional disturbance who are under the age of 21 is provided through The Home’s Community Service Agencies, part of the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).

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In addition, The Home co-founded and continues to lead the statewide Task Force on Youth Aging Out of the Department of Children and Families Care as part of an overarching approach to address policy, advocacy and funding.