Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Since 2007, SaintA has provided supportive services to youth exiting out of foster care in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2017, SaintA received a contract from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to significantly expand the program to make services available to every eligible youth, ages 18-21, who has exited, or will be exiting, out of care in Milwaukee County.

Program Supports Youth Leaving Foster Care

The Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (YTA) Program, formerly called Independent Living Services, provides support and guidance to youth who are exiting (or have exited from) the foster care system.

The focus is on:
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Caring connections
  • Life-skills development
YTA services are designed to ensure that youth engage in positive relationships and explore and pursue education and employment goals.

Case Managers Walk with Youth

YTA case managers serve as mentors, teachers and advocates. Through compassionate mentoring and a focus on concrete skills, case managers walk with participants. The goal is to see each client gain the knowledge and skills needed to live as independently as possible.

In a relatively new program called YTA Prep, SaintA also provides youth case management for clients as young as 14. YTA Prep, which is funded by SaintA and its donors, works in tandem with child welfare to help prepare youth for adulthood long before they exit foster care.

Get Involved

Learn how you can help support youth in their journey to adulthood. Donations of gift cards (for Target, Walmart, McDonald’s, etc.) are always welcome. Gift cards or checks with the designation “YTA gift cards” can be mailed to:

SaintA – YTA
C/O YTA Project Coordinator
8901 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53222

YTA offices are located at 3927 N. 88th St., Milwaukee, WI 53222.

Please contact Demonte Dismuke, Youth Services Program Manager, at 414-465-5134 or with any questions.

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