No one makes the transition from childhood to adulthood
in one great leap. It is a process filled with hard lessons and
work. For some, the need to be independent comes very fast, with
little experience and few opportunities. At Pathways, we offer teens
and young adults who have been living in out-of-home care the opportunity
to gain valuable life-skills experience.
Pathways operates many scattered-site apartments
in Kansas City and in Wichita, Kansas and serves young men and women
as well as young parents with children. We do this by maintaining
a structure of policies and procedures for residents that minimizes
unrealistic rules, but promotes responsible behavior for themselves
and others. We balance teaching and guiding residents with the realities
of independence, which allows them to truly experience their own
When a Pathways resident is ready to move into a
single apartment, Pathways helps locate one, pays the rent and other
apartment expenses so the young men and women can continue to focus
on successfully completing the program and building a savings account.
The Living Expense Assessment Program "
Residents experience the financial realities of
independent living while etablishing a "nest egg" for
their financial fitness. Residents are expected to pay rent each
month. They will learn and put into practice the budgeting and money
management concepts of "real life". These payments are
then put into their monitored personal savings account.
Commuinty Based Life Skills Classes
The Pathways Life Skill Curriculum offers residents
a "hands on" approach to life skills training through
a community support network. Companies such as United Parcel Service,
Westin Crown Center Hotels, FirStar and Consumer credit Counseling
add "real life" scenarios to "The Other 16 Hours"