helping youth thrive

Young people in and preparing to transition from foster care need and deserve the same support, opportunities and experiences as all other youth in their communities. SAFY’s Y-Thrive is a youth empowerment program that provides foster and/or adopted youth ages 12-18 rich opportunities to develop the necessary life skills to promote self-efficacy and improve their outcomes in the areas of education, job readiness, mental and physical health.


areas of focus

daily living skills

youth are exposed to experiences that help them develop and gain skills needed for successful adulthood

career education and planning

youth learn essential skills that empower and equip them to successfully transition to adulthood

job readiness

youth learn about various industries and careers and how to conduct themselves in a professional environment

financial literacy

youth develop the necessary skills to empower them to effectively manage their money and resources

want more information about y-thrive?

Contact Dr. Charisse Penn at 614-560-7342

why y-thrive?

Each year, approximately 23,000 youth age out of the foster care system. Many are forced into independence with little to no resources to help them assume adult responsibilities.  


Our goal is to improve the well-being of youth who have experienced foster care and/or adoption by providing opportunities to positively impact their social connectedness, stability, safety, mastery and meaningful access to relevant resources.

EXPOSE youth to experiences beyond the classroom. Youth who experience learning outside the classroom benefit from increased self-esteem and become more engaged in their education.

EMPOWER youth through hands-on activities that build their confidence and skills that lead to a successful future.

EQUIP youth with the necessary skills, tools and resources to ensure they will be productive members of the community.

“Y-Thrive provided us hands-on experience where we learned to cook and gained skills we didn’t have before. Now, we love to cook for our family!“
Halo & Steve
SAFY Youth

why y-thrive is important

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why Y- Thrive is so important. Our goal is to prepare and equip young people to meet the challenges of adulthood and achieve their full potential.
The positive outcomes to youth empowerment programs are improved social skills, improved behavior, increased academic achievement, increased self-esteem and increased self-efficacy.


For more information about how you can support youth in SAFY’s Y-Thrive program, call Dr. Charisse Penn at 614-560-7342