The mission of Living Advantage, Inc. is to utilize innovative technology, social networking and media to reduce unemployment, homelessness and incarceration for at-risk youth targeting foster youth. We offer continuous support for their education, career, housing, and health needs, by providing them financial and independent living skills necessary to have a better quality of life.
LA, Inc. offers services that ensure our children have a support system that they can always rely on. As a nonprofit, we aim for our children to grow up to be independent and successful individuals, and to break the cycle of poverty, incarceration, and dependence on the welfare system. Specifically, we empower them with an educational foundation through tutoring and mentoring, in the effort to help them graduate from school and find careers or entrepreneurial opportunities that are meaningful to them.
Our goal is to support foster youth with the belief that tutoring and mentoring will improve K-12 academics, prepare them for college readiness, and provide independent living and job development skills that are necessary for their success. We develop virtual programs to promote skills for today's high technology market that should be a priority. LA, Inc. imparts basic life skills for self-sufficiency so that foster youth to reduce the need for social services.
INTRO TO ROBO
Robo is a fun-filled event created to introduce foster youth to a world of opportunities. They will be inspired to explore subjects that may garner academic interest in pursuing the career of their dreams.
eLockbox was developed as a solution to a serious national foster youth stumbling block, lack of personal documentation. Personal records such as birth certificates, social security cards and immunization records are mandatory for social and medical services, employment, housing and school attendance.
Virtual Assisted Living and Education program is designed to help youth graduate on time and develop independent living skills so they become self-sufficient and are empowered with how to care and advocate for themselves.
TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY - MICHAEL'S STORY
Michael was a transitional aged foster youth. After the passing of his aunt, he had no access to any of his personal identifiable information. Without a birth certificate, social security card, or photo ID, he was unable to apply for jobs and housing. For two years, he dealt with the harsh realities of homelessness and unemployment. These realities are all too common for youth leaving the foster care system, and can lead to illegal activity as a means of survival.