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Title: Casa Valentina - Supporting Foster Youth On Their Journeys to Independence
Interviewee 1: I don't know.
Interviewee 2: I'm not sure.
Narrator: Most people don't know what happens when youth turn 18 and age out of foster care.
Without the proper guidance and networks of support, youth often struggle to find their place in the world.
Casa Valentina is there to help them find it.
We provide safe, affordable housing and the intensive life skills necessary to support our young men and women on their journeys to independence.
With the help of our expert staff, youth focus on five (5) critical areas: Education; Employment; Self-care; Daily Living Activities; and Money Management.
Together, we are providing the tools for life, and through Aetna's Voices of Health initiative you can join us in building a Miami where all youth reach their full potential.
Casa Valentina's residential program provides intensive life skills instruction and affordable housing to former foster care and homeless youth (ages 18-23) as they transition to independent living.
We are grateful to those who share our vision for a community in which all youth are supported. It is our hope that together we will be able to not only fully support young men & women on their journeys to independence, but to reach an ever growing number of youth in Miami-Dade County with resources and tools to equip them for the future.
Casa Valentina provides intensive life skills programming and affordable housing to former foster care and other at-risk youth (ages 18-23) as they transition to independent living. We support them by providing structured, realistic education support, life skills, job preparedness, financial literacy, safe housing, and, most importantly, the security of a caring supportive team. We work with our young women and men to give them the individualized survival tools to become self-sufficient and productive.
Since opening our doors in 2006, Casa Valentina has served over 175 young women and men through its original purpose of providing housing, but we have recently expanded the life-skills services to a more community-based platform through which the team of social workers facilitate group sessions in the community, as well as individual sessions to program participants. In addition to the 21 youth we house, we are fortunate to be able to deliver life skills services to an additional 100 youth in Miami-Dade - approximately 80 middle and high school students ages 13-17, and twenty 18-24 year olds at partnering residential programs.
In 2005, five women from various cross sections of Miami came together to address the pressing need of youth exiting the foster care system. With over 28,000 youth "aging out" nationally, and 150-300 in Miami-Dade County alone, there was a sense of urgency to find solutions for an often overlooked population. The past year has been an exciting year of growth & expansion for Casa Valentina, and we look forward to reaching more and more youth. With an ever growing number of young adults being left without homes or hope, Casa Valentina is the safety net for the future of the young adults who have aged out of foster care and are at risk for homelessness.