Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills are the skills and abilities a person needs to function independently as an adult. In this section, you will find programs and services that assist teens and young adults with general life skills, money management, transportation, pregnancy and parenting, advocacy skills, and legal needs in San Diego County.

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Access Inc.: Metro Youth Program

Access, Inc.’s Metro Youth Program provides work readiness and employment options in a wide variety of activities to ensure that all youth have the skills and training they need to successfully make the transition to adulthood and careers.

Access to Independence

Access to Independence is an independent living center and a nonresidential, cross-disability, non-profit corporation that provides services to people with disabilities to help maximize their independence and fully integrate into their communities. We have created a new paradigm for independent living, an integrated service model driven by two areas of focus: Advocacy and Transition.

Arc of San Diego

The Arc of San Diego is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. All our programs promote social, economic, and personal independence.

Areta Crowell BPSR Center

Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center’s services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one’s life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and […]

Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego changes lives through quality programs and guidance in a safe, affordable and fun environment. We serve kids ages 5 to 18-years old with academic success, character development, and healthy lifestyle programs at 17 community-based sites countywide. Phone numbers for each branch can be found here:

California Indian Legal Services

California Indian Legal Services (CILS) is one of the oldest non-profit law firms devoted exclusively to the cause of Native American rights. Governed by a Board of Trustees selected by California tribes and tribal organizations, CILS has provided free and low-cost legal services to California tribes, tribal organizations and Native American individuals throughout the state […]

Casa de Amparo: New Directions

This program provides transitional housing and support for young adults who have aged out of foster care. The program aims to equip former foster youth with the necessary skills and resources to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living. Housing locations are in Oceanside and San Marcos.

Casa de Amparo: Pregnant and Parenting Program

Casa Kids, prenatal through 18 years old, who have been traumatized by severe child abuse or neglect, stay at the Casa Kids Campus, a safe and nurturing setting on 11.4 acres of land in San Marcos, California. Each Casa Kid receives comprehensive trauma informed care tailored to their individual physical, social, emotional, developmental, and educational […]

Casa de Amparo: Young Parent Network

The Young Parent Network is designed to address the needs of pregnant and parenting youth through the age of 25, who are struggling with trauma, substance use, or the emotional, financial, and personal demands of being a parent. 325 Buena Creek Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069 or 4055 Oceanside Boulevard, Suite F, Oceanside, CA 92056

Center for Community Solutions: Support Services

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) helps more than 10,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, […]

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