|At the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside, we know that the best chance for each young woman to reach her goals is to stay in school. In our Transitional Housing and Education Program, we provide young women who are former foster youth with a home, food, social support and services for up to two and a half years while they attend school full-time, work part-time, save for their future and attend life skills classes. Young women graduate from our program with a degree or professional certification and develop the background on which they can build a satisfying career and independence.|
- Former foster youth
- Single women without children
- Between the ages of 18 and 22
- Academically / vocationally motivated
- Invested in working part-time
- Dedicated to personal growth
- Free of drugs and alcohol
- Committed to long term planning
|Residents live in our 5,000 square foot, beautifully renovated home that is part of the YWCA complex. Residents share a bedroom (1 roommate) and common areas such as a kitchen, living room, TV room and computer room. On-site staff provide 24-hour guidance. Our home is 1 block from Santa Monica College, near bus stops, employment opportunities and recreational activities.|
- Phone Inquiry: Youth, mentors and agency and county social workers may inquire about the program by calling (310) 314-1466.
- Initial Interview and Tour: Visit the home and receive application package.
- Submit application and letters of reference
- Second Interview: Meet staff, residents and program alumni.
- Sleepover: Experience the program. Get a feel for the community, school and employment opportunities.
Realizing Their Dreams
|Residents have attended UCLA, CSUDH, CSUN, CSULB, CSULA, Santa Monica College and the Art Institute of L.A. 100% of our graduates have earned a college degree or professional certification.|
Former foster youth from Los Angeles County can access information about various resources through: