The Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY) program supports long-term education planning for foster youth and former foster youth in care. The emphasis of the program is on highlighting strengths, identifying needs and advocating for resources that lead to success for youth. Each youth is connected with an educational specialist and receives help applying for bursaries and training opportunities, from a variety of schools and programs.
Bootstraps works with youth in and from care to identify goals and remove barriers to employment. Working collaboratively with Aunt Leah’s wrap-around services, youth in and from care will have the opportunity to advance skills and be placed with engaged employers as they move forward toward their chosen career path.
Aunt Leah’s Social Enterprise Employment Training Program is an experiential learning program designed to help youth obtain an entry level position in the retail industry. Over the course of 8 weeks of training at Aunt Leah’s Thrift Store and Aunt Leah’s Donation Center, participants gain experience in customer service, inventory management, sales techniques, fashion concepts, and point of sale systems. While it’s important to teach these retail specific skills, we also believe that teaching youth self leadership skills such as goal setting, teamwork, organization, time management, positive communication, giving and receiving feedback, problem solving, and professionalism will benefit them both in life and in future workplaces.