For the past 25 years, Aunt Leah’s Place has been providing programs for youth in foster care, teen moms, and those transitioning out of foster care.
The Link Program - designed for former foster youth aged 19 and older - provides: housing-related support, life skills workshops, help with resumes, job searches and applications, drop-in, emergency food and clothing, outreach and one-to-one support tailored to issues identified by each youth.
In 2012-2014, researchers from the University of Victoria School of Social Work conducted and evaluation of the Link. A total of 53 people were interviewed twice at 6-9 month intervals.
- 21 Link program participants
- 22 youth from care who had not accessed the Link program (comparison group)
- 6 program staff; and
- 4 support people (of the youths)
This brief report offers a summary of findings related to income & employment based on interviews with a total of 43 youth from foster care at Time 1 and 31 at Time 2.