Age Up (?j up’), n, v, —n.
an initiative of Sojourners that focuses our mission, vision, values, and programmatic strategies on ensuring the successful transition of foster care youth into adulthood. —v. to successfully transition from foster care into adulthood with the interpersonal, educational, and vocational skills necessary to enter college or the workforce, and to successfully become a healthy, responsible, and productive citizen now and in the future.
—Antonym, Age Out —v. to turn 18 and leave the foster care system, often into homelessness, poverty, and involvement in crime.
JOB READINESS AND TRAINING—an individualized and structured curriculum that provides the values, skills, and knowledge needed to be successful in the workplace.
EDUCATION—individualized educational advocacy and learning leading to diploma/GED completion, college exploration and a lifelong love of learning.
MENTORING—a sustaining system of caring adults who support young people in care and beyond.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT—the connection of young people to their community through service and leadership development.