R entered a child care institution (CCI) at the age of 14 where he completed his 12th standard and received training in computers, art (painting), guitar, French and graphic designing. He received guidance at the CCI in nutrition and health, fitness, conflict resolution, effective communication and other areas. After leaving the CCI, R started on a BA degree in a Government college. He couldn’t pursue B.Arch program in NIT even though he was selected for it since he didn’t have enough money. He lived with 2 friends in a shared accommodation and had to work to make money. The lack of financial support and worry about the future left R worried. R felt that he hadn’t got the opportunities to help him transition into independent adulthood.
R had a difficult experience post his exit from the CCI, which shows the crucial need for support programs for care leavers as they step into the world.
Care leavers who choose to make our aftercare centres their home will be a part of our robust program that will cater to their needs.
The program at WeLive Foundation has been fashioned around 2 pillars: Well-being & Work-readiness. Focus and effort in these two areas will ensure that care leavers receive the guidance and skills required for them to live independently.
The Well-Being pillar will meet the needs of 4 domains: Physical Health, Emotional Well-being, Social Support & Interpersonal Skills, Independent Living Skills
The Work Readiness pillar will meet the needs of 4 domains: Education & Vocational skills, Financial Independence & Career, Identity & Legal Awareness, Housing
Enabling them to work at part-time/full-time jobs for the duration that they are with us is an important requirement for us. At WeLive Foundation, the young people in our care will have to earn income to take care of their needs while studying or acquiring skills for their future. We will support them with the investment for their future while they work in the present to support themselves. This will promote self-reliance, self-respect, freedom and dignity in our WeLive youth while we fulfill the societal duty of caring for them through high quality facilities, caregiving and guidance. The care and affection in the community living supplemented with a robust peer and mentor network will provide the atmosphere for them to grow further as capable, independent adults.
With such design principles forming the backbone of our program, we will have the potential to reach out to a few thousand young people across multiple cities through replication of our model.