OUR SERVICES

StopGap, Inc. provides a Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) available to all kids in the foster care system in Douglas County. Throughout the eight-week program the curriculum covers practical life-skills and addresses challenges unique to children in the foster care system. Classes are led by our executive director Justine Burton as well as a variety of local guest speakers and community volunteers. The course format includes a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, modeling, role-playing activities, and opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback in these five key areas:

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Employment Education

Application assistance

Skills assessments

Connections with potential employers

Goal setting

Resume assistance

Interview training

Career planning

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Housing Education

Securing housing

Budgeting skills

Setting up utilities

Roommate agreements

Completing application

Rental requirements

Maintaining a healthy home

Services and assistance available

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Financial Skills

Banking & basic financial skills

Budget planning and practice

Financial aid, scholarship, and grant opportunities

State funding access assistance

Education on planning for the future

Establishing and maintaining credit

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Health & Nutrition Skills

Meal preparation & cooking

Grocery shopping & budgeting

Meal planning

Assistance with food assistance programs

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Health & Life Skills Education

Sexual Education

Human trafficking education & awareness

Self defense

Mental health education & resources

Healthy relationships & boundaries