Independent Living Program

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Oregon Independent ​Living Program

The DHS Independent Living Program (ILP) partners with various youth organizations and communities to provide opportunities that assist youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults. Youth age 14 or older may be eligible for a variety of these events and activities. Supervision and transportation for all events will need to be determined prior to registration. For additional details regarding the individual events see the information below:

Hello Young Leaders!

Want to spend your summer pursuing new opportunities?​

  • All-Star applications are being accepted now! Deadline is Feb. 20th.
  • Learn more on our Website:
    • All-Star Internship Overview
    • Application
    • Recommendation Form

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • 18 to 24 years old at the beginning of the internship
    • Experienced foster care in the United States
    • Permission to travel and a government issued photo ID
    • Questions? Email (youngleaders@fosterclub.com) or call (503.717.1552)

  • FosterClub is looking for young people with lived experience with foster care, adoption and or relative care. This is an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, build capacity in advocacy, leadership, public speaking, and make meaningful connections. FosterClub values your lived experience and sees it as expertise to contribute making foster care suck less.
  • If any of this caught your attention, then this is the right opportunity for you. For more information about eligibility, program overview, and how to apply click link https://www.fosterclub.com/what-we-do/young-leaders/all-star-internship.
  • Travel the US, become a leader and mentor other foster youth. Applications to become a FosterClub All-Star Intern are being accepted now. Deadline is Feb. 20! Check out all the details: https://www.fosterclub.com/all-star-internship
  • Summer 2020 Teen Events

    Summer 2020 Teen Events

    • Native Teen Gathering – TBD
    • DREAM Conference – TBD
    • ILP Teen Conference – June 29th - July 2nd
    • Camp To Belong – June 21st - 26th

    Regional Events

    Spring Break Camp

    (Specific to Willamette Valley counties)

    Some of the Independent Living Programs are joining forces and are planning a FREE four-day Spring Break Camp in March 2018 for youth involved with some of the Willamette Valley ILP Programs. It will be an overnight camp. This camp has been set up and intended to be four fun-filled days of activities designed especially for Independent Living youth working on socialization skills and team building, along with “life learning” activities.

    The youth will be cooking all of their meals and workshops are set up to work with the youth on important life skill topics. This trip will be supervised and chaperoned by ILP workers and older (18 + college) ILP youth acting as Youth Camp Leaders throughout the week. Spots are limited, so please keep in mind that we are requesting that the youth participating be youth who really want to be there and will be actively involved in all parts of the camp. For more information, please contact Shannon Simich at 503-623-3310 .

    Camp Makuala

    (Specific to Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia Counties and outlying areas)

    Camp Makuala is a four-day, three-night camp for youth involved with the Independent Living Programs in the Tillamook and outlying areas. The camp is held every year in the summer and is located along the Trask River in Tillamook. The days and evenings are filled with fun activities and youth learn important life skills they need to become healthy, independent adults. Campfires, a beach day, some recreational activities such as swimmingand basketball at the local YMCA, and a tour to the Tillamook Cheese Factory are just some of the activities on the agenda, AND the youth even learn to cook their own meals while they are there! Youth are supervised by the Independent Living Program Providers and adult volunteer staff. Contact Lydia Sterba for more details at 541-440-0852.

    Partner Events

    The Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC)

    A program of Children First for Oregon, hosts a biennial, four-day Policy Conference where current and former foster youth (14-25) unite to discuss their ideas for what they believe would make foster care better. Youth choose a topic during registration and then spend two and a half days working with other youth to come up with concrete, real-life recommendations. On the final day, youth present their ideas to Department of Human Services staff, legislators, direct service providers and community members during an inspiring luncheon. During the conference, there are evening activities like a talent showcase and field games. For more details contact Children First for Oregon at 503-236-9754.

    OFYC Biennial Advocacy Convening

    (Years when the legislature is in session)

    This conference is a follow-up to the Policy Conference and is a chance for youth to take their concrete recommendations straight to legislators. Youth spend two days solidifying their recommendations, learning about the legislative process, and practicing talking points that support their recommendations. On the final day, youth go directly to the capitol to meet with legislators in small groups for a chance to speak up and be heard. For more details contact Lisa McMahon of Children First for Oregon, at 503-236-9754.

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