Advisory Committee Meetings:
Advisory Committee Meetings are typically held quarterly on the 2nd Monday of the month in Woodburn but are subject to change.
Community members are encouraged to attend.
Contact ILP staff at 503-945-5684 to confirm meeting date, time and location.
An organized and active advisory committee can enhance the success of the Independent Living Program (ILP) and provide a vital link between DHS and tribal child welfare, education, business, and industry. The ILP relies upon this committee for advice, assistance, recommendations, and support to meet ILP needs.
If you are interested in youth, especially those from foster care, and would like to make a difference in your community, this may be a perfect opportunity for you.
The goals of the ILP State Advisory Committee are to:
The ILP takes pride in the success of our youth and you can too. The ILP is a statewide program, with services provided through local nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies. The ILP needs a State Advisory committee to help keep it growing, teaching, exploring and providing better services. Your contribution, experience, skills, and ideas are needed.
- Study the needs of ILP youth in the State of Oregon.
- Advise regarding the Independent Living Program.
- Offer constructive criticism of the instruction and materials offered through ILP.
- Serve as the avenue of communication between ILP and the community.
- Inform, communicate, and network within the community to improve services to and for foster youth.
Areas to be developed:
- Increasing coordination between Child Welfare workers and ILP Contractors
- Involvement of supportive adults in youth plan development
- Post-Secondary supports for students from Foster Care
- Locating resources, making contacts
- Continuum of housing options for youth in transition
The ILP State Advisory Committee meets quarterly, usually the second Monday of the month. The meetings are open to the community; you do not have to be a committee member to attend. Meetings are usually held in Woodburn. However, location is subject to change. Contact the ILP Support Staff (503-945-5684) to determine exact date, time and location for the next meeting.
Major committee accomplishments to-date:
- Establishment of the ILP web site
- Housing Options Guide
- Survey of Post-Secondary staff
- Tracking Post-Secondary Retention and Completion rates
- Compilation of Life Skills Activities (soon to be available on-line)
Current Committee Projects/Goals:
Members of the Advisory committee should represent a mixture of employers, supervisors, and employees who can address skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for youth to become self-sufficient. Candidates should be strongly committed to helping youth transition from subsidized care to independent living. Members should be cooperative, responsible, and productive people who possess integrity.
- Permanent Supports
- Establish Peer Mentors/Coaches to assist teens with transition planning
- Employment and Apprenticeships
- Outreach to Former Foster Youth
- Expand Awareness of Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC)
Desired committee representation:
Regardless of your occupation, you have something to offer our youth. Your time, ideas, advice, skills, resources, and contacts are all very valuable. If you are interested in attending a meeting or becoming a committee member contact the ILP Support Staff at 503-945-5684.
- Business & Industry - Large & Small Business Owners & Managers
- Educational Institutions - Educators
- Community Related Programs - Personnel & Training Directors
- Professional Organizations - National & Local Organization representatives
- Cultural - Group should be diverse in both race and gender