BAYC offers youth exiting the foster care system opportunities similar to those who grow up outside the system - time to practice living on their own with a safety net. By offering a continuum of supportive learning experiences both prior and subsequent to emancipation, BAYC programs reduce homelessness and increase achievement in education, employment and overall independence.
Success for program participants means that they:
- Are caring for themselves and making sure their mental and physical health needs are addressed
- Have a stable place to live and a steady source of income
- Have an extensive network of peers and adults that they can turn to for support
- Are engaged in their communities
- Have the self-sufficiency skills to navigate the worlds of work, education, financial management, and service agencies.