_ In any given year, there are approximately 500,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Of these, about 20,000 age out each year and are at risk for a variety of problems, including homelessness, un/under-employment, criminal activity, and a lack of education.
EDUCATE, EQUIP, EMPOWER, ENCOURAGE
OPPORTUNITIES-PA is a nonprofit organization that Educates, Equips, Empowers, and Encourages homeless and other at-risk youth to reach their academic potential and professional goals by offering them supportive services and stable housing.
OPPORTUNITIES-PA provides life coaching, mentoring, career counseling, educational support, and housing assistance.
OPPORTUNITIES-PA was founded in April 2008, by Justina Shaw to bridge the gap homeless youth experience transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Ms. Shaw identified a void locally and nationally in organizations providing supportive services to homeless adolescents ages 16-25. Existing programs also lacked training to educate program participants on how to become self-sufficient.
OPPORTUNITIES-PA provides supportive housing, life skills preparation, career counseling, and educational training to youth ages 18-25. Through mentorship, goal setting, and financial literacy training, OPPORTUNITIES-PA residents are equipped with the necessary skills to become self-sufficient adults.