Guides

Youth Career Guide

Fostering Careers: A Roadmap to Your First Job

This interactive guide is designed to help youth navigate career exploration. Through various activities, youth are able to explore what documents and steps are needed to land their first job.

Caregiver Companion Guide

Fostering Careers: A Guide for Supportive Adults Helping Youth

This guide will offer comprehensive information and activities to engage a young adult in thinking about work and their future career. This is a companion guide to the Fostering Careers: A Roadmap to Your First Job.

Career Advancement/Employment for Foster Youth

DCFS Automated Referral System (ARS) Referral Form

This form can be completed for youth, ages 14-24, who are interested in participating in a 120-hour paid work experience program. 

Turning Dreams Into Degrees (Pt. 1)

JBAY Education Course Materials (Grades 6-10)

This course will empower caregivers, including STRTP staff and resource families, to discuss the value of higher education with the youth in their care and provide ideas for how they can play an active role in supporting these youth to college. 

Turning Dreams Into Degrees (Pt. 2)

JBAY Education Course Materials (Grades 11-12)

This course will help caregivers, including STRTP staff and resource families, to understand how to support the youth in their care to make a smooth transition from high school to college. 

Connecting youth to the opportunities and resources they need to achieve economic mobility and flourish in their personal lives.