- Help them get an original copy of their Birth Certificate.
- Help them get a Social Security Card (and wallet to put it in).
- Enroll them in a school program in which they can succeed.
- Help them get a picture Identification Card.
- Find out if they are eligible for a Medicaid Card.
- Help them get copies of medical records.
- Start a “Life Book” that will contain important papers.
- Help them open up a bank account.
- Teach them how to write and cash a check.
- Line them up with a dentist that they can continue to use.
- Line them up with a doctor they can use when they are on their own.
- Help them put together a family scrapbook.
- Help them renew contact with family members.
- Help them develop at least one friendship.
- Line them up with a good counselor.
- Take them to join a local recreation center.
- Teach them some new ways to have fun.
- Connect them with a church group.
- Help them find a better paying job.
- Make sure they really understand birth control.
- Show them the best place to shop for food, clothing, and furniture.
- Help them learn how to look up resources in the phone book.
- Help them work through an independent living skills workbook.
- Teach them how to read a map.
- Take them on a tour of the city.
- Teach them how to use the bus system and read the bus schedules.
- Buy them an alarm clock and teach them how to use it.
- Show them how to use the library and get a library card.
- Help them get a driver’s license and price insurance.
- Role-play contacts with police, bank tellers, doctors and others.
- Role-play several different styles of job interviews.
- Help them put together a resume and an application fact sheet.
- Make a list of important phone numbers.
- Teach them how to cook five good meals.
- Teach them how to store food.
- Teach them how to use coupons and comparison shop.
- Teach them how to read a paycheck stub.
- Teach them how to use an oven and microwave.
- Teach them how to thoroughly clean a kitchen and bathroom.
- Take them to a session of adult court traffic and criminal.
- Tell them how to get a lawyer and when to get one.
- Help them understand a lease or rental agreement.
- Teach them how to do their taxes.
- Teach them how to write a letter and mail it.
- Help them develop good phone communication skills.
- Go over tenant and landlord rights.
- Help them find a safe, inexpensive place to live.
- Teach them how to budget their money.
- Help them find and get along with a potential roommate.
- Talk to them often about feelings about going out on their own.
Reprinted with permission of Lighthouse Youth Services, 2001