This “shop” will be set up to make the merchandise appealing to youth and to allow an experience that will make youth feel like they are in a “special” shop. The “shop” will be available to the public at certain times to allow sales of merchandise to help fund the continuing operation of IVY.
By allowing youth in care to come in on a regular basis – most likely monthly – to “shop” we will have opportunities to build connections with the youth so that they have a broader network of caring adults that they can turn to for help.
Youth who have been through trauma often have not been able to focus on education or have disabilities that make education challenging. Caregivers are often overwhelmed with everyday tasks and do not have the time to provide tutoring. IVY will match willing tutors (retired teachers, current teachers, advanced high school students looking for a way to serve others, etc.) with these children to help them become more successful in their education.
Often youth in care reach 18 and are on their own with limited training in independent living. IVY would provide a location for independent living classes in cooking or budgeting as volunteers are available in these areas. One-on-one mentoring.