Transitional Youth Services
The plans for Center of Hope also include small efficiency apartments for sixteen transitional age youth (aged 18-24). Targeting this age group is a natural fit for and extension of Hill Country’s ongoing commitment to young people. Among our partners in the youth program at the Center of Hope will be Shasta College and the California Heritage YouthBuild Academy (CHYBA), a charter high school that helps transitional age youth achieve a high school diploma. The youth residents will be homeless students referred by these schools who have taken the initiative to enroll at Shasta College or CHYBA. These are young people with significant challenges who have a vision for their future, and need some supportive adults to help them get there. As in Round Mountain, part-time jobs will be reserved at the Center of Hope for these young people. A Wellness Center that offers a computer lab, an art/science maker space, other vocational training and rooms for educational and support groups will be available to these residents, and to the surrounding community. The Youth Housing complex will be supervised by a 24-hour residential manager.