PATHS

Positive Connections, Academic Support, Training & Employment, Housing and Social/Emotional Support for young people aging out of foster care.

The State of Wisconsin awarded Pathfinders the sole, three-year grant to launch PATHS. PATHS is a holistic approach to building five key domains to success for youth aging out of foster care. The core tenets of PATHS are: Positive relationships, Academic support, Training and employment, Housing first, and Social/emotional well-being.

PATHS represents a new model of service delivery for post-foster care youth. The heart of PATHS is Housing First. Housing First is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based model that acknowledges that housing is an essential tool for success and stability. Many other programs utilize housing as a reward for goal attainment, improved functioning or program compliance. We know that housing provides a platform of stability for youth to build from.

Once housing is secured, we focus on the other four domains in partnership with PATHS’ youth. Youth work closely with staff to set goals in the areas of academics, training and employment. Youth also complete mental health assessments, trauma assessments and trigger assessments with staff as they work towards healing from the difficult life experiences that all of them have faced in their young lives. Each goal youth set includes extensive skills training and resources from Pathfinders to ensure that they have the tools they need to meet their goals.


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The State of Wisconsin awarded Pathfinders the sole, three-year grant to launch PATHS. PATHS is a holistic approach to building five key domains to success for youth aging out of foster care. The core tenets of PATHS are: Positive relationships, Academic support, Training and employment, Housing first, and Social/emotional well-being.

PATHS represents a new model of service delivery for post-foster care youth. The heart of PATHS is Housing First. Housing First is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based model that acknowledges that housing is an essential tool for success and stability. Many other programs utilize housing as a reward for goal attainment, improved functioning or program compliance. We know that housing provides a platform of stability for youth to build from.

Once housing is secured, we focus on the other four domains in partnership with PATHS’ youth. Youth work closely with staff to set goals in the areas of academics, training and employment. Youth also complete mental health assessments, trauma assessments and trigger assessments with staff as they work towards healing from the difficult life experiences that all of them have faced in their young lives. Each goal youth set includes extensive skills training and resources from Pathfinders to ensure that they have the tools they need to meet their goals.