SaintA has recently promoted Demonte Dismuke to Program Manager of the Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (YTA) Program. In this role, he will help SaintA continue to support and empower eligible youth who have aged out of foster care in Milwaukee County.
“Demonte brings extensive experience with youth services, where he has always put children and families first,” says Angela D’Fantis, Child Welfare Program Director at SaintA. “His focus on mental health makes him a valuable advocate for youth as they journey into adulthood.”
Dismuke completed his Bachelor’s in Human Services Management from Cardinal Stritch University. He has worked in case management and care coordination for nearly 10 years. He was previously a Care Coordinator Supervisor in Wraparound REACH programs at SaintA. Prior to that, Dismuke worked in the Atlanta area, holding various positions in child welfare and human services as a case manager.
Framework of Stability
The SaintA YTA program makes services available to every eligible youth who has exited or will soon be exiting out of foster care. Staff use the 5 Pillars of Family Stability as the framework for helping youth successfully transition into adulthood. “We prioritize caring connections – relationships – along with resources for education, employment, health and housing,” says Dismuke.
In 2017, the YTA program expanded its services and built out a dedicated space on the SaintA campus at 88th Street and Capitol Drive to better serve aged-out youth.
Room for More
About the commitment to serving youth both in and out of foster care, D’Fantis says, “Demonte is working with YTA and child welfare staff to create a more seamless handoff from one program to another. He doesn’t want to let anyone slip through the cracks.”“There are about 150 youth currently enrolled in our program and we estimate there are at least twice that many youth who are eligible,” says Dismuke. “We want to reach them at age 18 – or even earlier.” Dismuke is referring to a special program of SaintA called YTA Prep, which makes youth case management available to those as young as 14 years old.
If you know a foster youth who could benefit from resources in any of the five pillars – education, employment, health, housing or caring connections – please have them contact Demonte Dismuke, Youth Services Program Manager, at 414-465-5134 or email@example.com.