Resource Links for Youth in Transition

Youth Resource Centers in Tennessee

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Resource Centers in Tennessee help youth ages 14 and older who have been in foster care to develop financial skills. During the program, youth open IDA savings accounts, which are matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000 for each year the youth participate in the program.  Program participants develop a written plan for approved assets such as computers, vehicles and housing, medical or educational expense. Beyond financial literacy, there also is  advisement on how to prepare for a self-sufficient adulthood; assistance in seeking a job or higher education and Youth for Youth board membership.

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Education Resources 

  • Tennessee Board of Regents, the board establishes governs, manages and controls the state university and community college system of Tennessee.  
  • Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. 
  • Tennessee Reconnect, an initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. 

Work Resources

  • Workforce assistance from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Youth program participants work with a counselor to create a plan for success and work to improve their reading and math skills. 
  • Jobs 4 TN, a free online search tool to discover work and opportunity in Tennessee.

Links for Youth in Transition from Foster Care


Articles for Youth in Transition