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New Life Recovery and Training Center
3501 Edison Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 873-4676

A gang prevention partner in Kern Project 180

Helping Youth in Transition

The goal of the New Life Recovery and Training Center is to provide residential and vocational training services for at-risk young males between the ages of 18 and 25. Many of these youth, who are transitioning into adulthood, are at-risk of homelessness and unhealthy lifestyles.

What We Know About Youth in Transition

Most often, youth who are emancipated or simply let go from institutions and/or 'pushed out' are left to fend for themselves at the age of 18. For many, the consequences are grave. Most of these youngsters experience depression, isolation and loneliness. They face difficult challenges as they reach the age of majority, often without family ties or financial support. Studies show that within a one year period on their own:

  • Only half had completed high school
  • Fewer than half were employed
  • One-fourth had been homeless for at least one night
  • Thirty percent had not had access to needed health services, including mental health care
  • One in five are incarcerated
  • Sixty percent of the young women had given birth
  • Less than one-fifth were self-sufficient (which means they had little or no means of support for basic living expenses)

Past institutional care adds increased risk of homelessness and anti-social behavior:

  • An extraordinarily high number of homeless youth who end up in shelters come from institutional care: foster care homes, criminal justice and psychiatric hospitals
  • Three in ten of the nation's homeless adults are former foster children
  • The longer a youth is homeless, the higher the probability he or she will use drugs
  • Youth become more likely to engage in criminal activity as the length of time they are homeless increases

What is Needed

Studies have shown that among the things that these young people need in order to achieve self-sufficiency, stable living arrangements and mature relationships are:

  • Transitional and/or supported housing
  • Medical services, including mental health and dental
  • Education and/or vocational training
  • Employment preparation and opportunities, including internships
  • Psycho-social support via mentoring, counseling and/or support groups

How We Help

NLRTC's programs can help young adults make the transition from institutional care and 'push out' to self-sufficiency by:

  • Providing a stable living environment for up to 18 months
  • Helping participants obtain a high school diploma or further education
  • Providing vocational training
  • Providing training in life skills and drug resistance skills
  • Providing access to health/mental health and social services
  • Job placement opportunities
  • Helping participants with family reunification and community re-integration
  • Providing opportunities to give back to the community

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